By Unique Travel Destinations | June 19, 2009
The first of a series of über-stylish eco-resorts designed by rising Bangkok-based architect Duangrit Bunnag who is known for shunning typical resort hotel design commonly associated with the tropics. No thatch roofs and ornate decor. His design language is geometry, clean lines, openness and the generous use of natural materials. X2 Resort, Kui Buri is a 3-hour drive south of Bangkok, near the resort town of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, the resort area of the Thai royal family.
The general area is underdeveloped and peaceful, with the only communities being local fishing villages. X2 Kui Buri is located on 4-acre virgin beachfront site. The 23-villas each have their own terrace, garden and most with private pools.
The existing landscape of large, well-developed trees has been carefully preserved, providing a unique atmosphere punctuated by large open spaces and natural horticulture.
Drawing upon the site’s natural beauty, the architect created a resort that seeks to be harmonious with its environment, both in terms or architecture and the use of building materials. As such, nature, ecology and simplicity were fundamental themes in X2’s design. Following this principle, local granite stone and wood were used as the primary raw materials, and at least 95% to pass through the property easily, using natural ventilation to help reduce the overall energy consumption of the resort.