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"Borrowed Scenery"

This villa type is an outstanding example of adapting long-revered Japanese building traditions to 21st-century lifestyles. Floor-to-ceiling glass over two levels, with an appearance of lightness and weightlessness. Based on the principle of Shakkei (‘borrowed scenery’), the home capitalizes on its natural surroundings and landscape to enhance the residence itself.

Symmetry and balance define the architecture, with each space offering effortless indoor-outdoor living. It is peaceful and elegant home, but not ostentatious.

Traditional and modern meet in this home, covered by a massive overhanging roof that envelopes the entire home, the structure is beautifully streamlined but brings to mind the ancient art of origami. The steel structure boasts a clean rectangular form with a natural stone base. The home features rammed earth walls and wooden shingle roof.

The villa also features an Infiniti edge pool and three tiered levels of bedrooms and meticulously designed entertaining space. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow for the entire living space to be opened up, creating a perfect harmony between the sunshine outdoors and the cool, natural colors, indoors.

The architects placed the living room, kitchen and dining room, a covered sala and swimming pool in the upper entry level of the home to utilize internal space and locates other rooms to the lower level. The half outside space of a terrace connected from the living room is protected by a wood soffit. This space will become the place where the inhabitants can relax in a private lounge area or invite friends and neighbors to a barbecue party on the terrace.

The living room and all the bedrooms open to a balcony that provides beautiful sea views and trees and mountains in the distance. Like the exterior, the interior is tastefully minimalist and modern. It features carefully selected decorative items and furniture along with many hidden and built in elements that allow the rituals of life to be carried out with ease and no fuss. The guests' portion of the residence is set to the lower level of the house on the ground floor. It includes a pair of identical bedrooms separated by en-suite bathrooms, with large floor-to-ceiling windows to the view.

Complementing the architecture, the interior design is a nod to luxury contemporary island living where style and functionality are harmoniously aligned. Each villa is fully furnished yet flexible, with interiors that feature clean lines, a vibrant color palette and an array of natural materials including wood, bronze, bamboo and stone. Carefully selected furniture is in keeping with the aesthetic: symmetrical lines are punctuated by ocean-inspired colors and warm earth tones.

The landscape design showcases a balance of natural preservation, privacy and views. Lush greenery merges with the sea; the infinity-edged pool and granite tiles create a symphony of textures and colors; tropical plants and natural foliage grow side-by-side, blending each residence into the site’s contours and respecting its botanical diversity. Each villa is separated by a private garden to allow residents privacy, seclusion and full enjoyment of outdoor living. As much as possible, existing trees have been preserved, creating a visual frame that is unique to each villa, while accenting the views over the Gulf of Thailand.

This villa type is available both at Hin Fah and KAYA. If you have questions and want to know more about the options at Hin Fah or KAYA, let’s connect today so you can feel confident making a decision about your property investment in Koh Samui's finest gated communities.

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