The Naked Residence by Marc Gerritsen

Architect Marc Gerritsen has created this remarkable property for himself in Koh Samui, Thailand.

“The main point about this location is the expanse of the surroundings and the quietness. Daily life in Taipei is very hectic, and I needed a location to escape. I really wanted a quiet region and a great view. Having an open program living space, with doors that can totally slide away, which appears out at the pool and the ocean – that’s anything I’d been thinking about for a extended time. With this plot, I was in a position to place the pieces of the puzzle with each other.

The house was a return to the simple values in life: good clean air, broad open area, quiet solitude. With these standard values you can be in a room that is uncluttered, and your thoughts can turn into even now. That is also the purpose behind the really simple materials that I have utilised: concrete, wood, steel and glass. There are no embellishments. The target is on the space rather than the materials”.

“I initially planned 3 stories: 2 bedrooms on the bottom the pool, residing location and kitchen on the middle level and an office on best. But I’ve additional a bathroom on the living space level, a laundry area and pantry. I wished a easy kitchen, with no overhead cupboards or tall fridge, so the pantry is great for storage. I additional a freestanding open-air bathroom, as the top space became a magnificent master bedroom which needed an en-suite. The tank and plant room became a huge open area with a swing bed, underneath the deck I added a steam space, and the space under the bedrooms now homes an workplace and maid’s space. So it ended up getting 5 stories – the result of a work in progress.

My function over the last couple of many years as an architectural and interior photographer has taught me what not to do. Hunting at all the exceptionally fine comprehensive properties I photographed in Asia. I considered: “Is this truly essential to be cozy? If I walk on a concrete floor or if I walk on a marble floor, is it going to make my living expertise so a lot better?” No. You just need to have a floor to stroll on. I am interested in a return to basics, in a luxury monastic way of living”.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 March, 2014

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