Bangkok-based architecture firm Dersyn Studio has completed Z9 Resort, a floating retreat perched on the Srinakarin Dam in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.  The new resort complex is a nature-oriented structure which offers private on-land accommodations and cozy raft spaces.

The new resort complex draws up a distinctive character with its undulated roof and strong local material use with three key design principles. Called Z9 Resort, the 3,100-square-metre resort units were transformed from the existing resort by using the existing wood materials as the “reuse” concept of the firm.

 Z9 Resort, Kanchanaburi, Thailand | Dersyn Studio

Each building utilizes natural ventilation, the shapes, and color intimately blended in with the attractiveness of mountain and lake view. The proportion is also in line with the environment.

The units’ architectural language obviously represents the natural lake-side context, and the lobby is designed based on lunar direction which means resort’s guests can enjoy stunning “sunrise and sunset” scenic.

 Z9 Resort, Kanchanaburi, Thailand | Dersyn Studio

“Z9 owners’ believe that one of the best ways to enjoy natural environment is to stay and relax in the resort which adopted sustainable design concept,” said Dersyn Studio. “So, sustainable design approaches, based upon the “3R” concept which are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, have been used in this project in many ways.”

 Z9 Resort, Kanchanaburi, Thailand | Dersyn Studio

The architecture followed three design principles on the project: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle. Reuse concept refers to the use of existing wood from the existing resort — the old wood has been used as resort decorations. OSB Board which used as the ceiling was another aspect of the reuse concept. This is because OSB Board was created by compressing layers of wood flakes.

 Z9 Resort, Kanchanaburi, Thailand | Dersyn Studio

For Reduce concept, the architects said“one of the best way to build any building within the site which has rich-natural context is to create as less environmental footprint as possible.” According to this way of approach, they applied very-few site contour adjustment on the units. Light-weight structure such as steel structure was used to build this resort.

“Steel structure promote eco-friendly outcome in many ways, for instance, the wider span which means less on-ground touching and can be adjusted to suit with the existing footing, faster and cleaner construction in comparison with a concrete structure,” added the architects.

 Z9 Resort, Kanchanaburi, Thailand | Dersyn Studio

For Recycle concept, “since some of the existing wood is quite large so, they were adjusted and used for in-door furniture. Moreover, closed circuit water treatment was applied to treat the water before drainage into the lake. This mean resort’s guess can enjoy their water activities with worry-free.”

Thanks to the Z9 Resort’s distinctive privacy and serenity, guests can be in tune with the natural context of Kanchanaburi, one of Thailand’s most famous place for enjoying hillside and lakeside scenic, during their stay.