Floating Resort Units Draw Visitors To Thailand’s Kwai River

The Kanchanaburi region of Thailand is well known for its floating houses. These structures are specific to the province, making it stand out from the rest. This year a new set of floating structures was added here. They’re not private residence but part of a resort.

X-Float unit several lined upView in gallery

The project is called X-Float and was an addition to the X2 River Kwai Resort project. The floating units were completed in 2015. They feature a simple and modern architecture and are all carefully oriented so that they offer panoramic views of the river and protection against the tropical afternoon sunlight.

X-Float units lined upView in gallery

X-Float unit side by side front viewView in gallery

All the units were built off site and then installed once completed. This was done so the project wouldn’t disturb the guests of the existing resort. The main structure of a unit has a raft-like design. It features a light-weighted steel frame and is clad with fiber cement siding and plywood.

X-Float unit back facadeView in gallery

X-Float unit back facade round openingsView in gallery

The back facade is completely enclosed and has no windows or openings. The part of the facade facing the river, on the other hand, features full height windows and sliding doors that lead out to a small deck featuring transparent glass safety rails as not to obstruct the views for those that choose to spend time out here relaxing.

X-Float unit viewed from a sideView in gallery

X-Float unit view from the deckView in gallery

The key to the unit’s successful design is the perfect balance between a unit’s load and the air and water that are part of its design and surroundings. The team responsible for the project was Agaligo Studio, a design studio established in 2002 with a name that means “timeless” in Pali. Every project includes a study of the landscape, culture and climate as well as of everything that makes a particular area unique. This helps the team come up with customized design solutions that express their belief that architecture should be meaningful and should respond to the environment.

X-Float unit small deck with glass railingsView in gallery

X-Float unit deck seating area closeupView in gallery

The use of simple and natural materials for the interior design helps create a very soothing and pleasant atmosphere inside. The color palette, however, is designed to create a timeless look. Black and white are the two main options. They are combined with natural wood accents and touches of blue and red for a subtle nautical allure.

X-Float unit interior design colorsView in gallery

X-Float unit full height windowsView in gallery

X-Float unit bedroomView in gallery

The atmosphere inside is relaxed and casual, especially in the case of the bathrooms which feature a zen-inspired design. Although compact, such a unit’s bathroom feels spacious thanks to the interior design strategy and the materials used throughout.

X-Float unit bathroom compact interiorView in gallery

X-Float unit bathroom material paletteView in gallery

X-Float unit zen bathroomView in gallery

Each floating unit also has a roof terrace from where the views are even more beautiful. Once again, minimalist guardrails keep these views unobstructed without compromising the users’ safety.

X-Float unit roof terraceView in gallery