Architect Marc Gerritsen has designed this amazing home for himself in Koh Samui, Thailand.
“The main factor about this location is the expanse of the surroundings and the quietness. Life in Taipei is quite hectic, and I required a spot to escape. I truly wanted a quiet location and a amazing view. Possessing an open program living room, with doors that can completely slide away, which appears out at the pool and the ocean – that is something I’d been considering about for a extended time. With this plot, I was capable to place the pieces of the puzzle with each other.
The home was a return to the simple values in life: excellent clean air, wide open space, quiet solitude. With these basic values you can be in a space that is uncluttered, and your mind can grow to be nonetheless. That is also the purpose behind the very basic materials that I have used: concrete, wood, steel and glass. There are no embellishments. The concentrate is on the space rather than the materials”.
“I originally planned 3 stories: two bedrooms on the bottom the pool, living location and kitchen on the middle level and an workplace on prime. But I’ve added a bathroom on the living space level, a laundry area and pantry. I wanted a straightforward kitchen, with no overhead cupboards or tall fridge, so the pantry is good for storage. I added a freestanding open-air bathroom, as the prime space became a magnificent master bedroom which needed an en-suite. The tank and plant space became a large open area with a swing bed, underneath the deck I added a steam area, and the space below the bedrooms now homes an office and maid’s space. So it ended up being 5 stories – the result of a work in progress.
My work more than the last few years as an architectural and interior photographer has taught me what not to do. Looking at all the extremely fine detailed properties I photographed in Asia. I thought: “Is this genuinely necessary to be comfortable? If I walk on a concrete floor or if I stroll on a marble floor, is it going to make my living encounter so considerably far better?” No. You just need a floor to walk on. I am interested in a return to basics, in a luxury monastic way of living”.