Silk Island, Cambodia
The Wellness Farm Pavilions, a project designed in Cambodia, where wood, transparency, and the timeless beauty of the Mekong River converge to create a sophisticated hospitality destination. The project is part of the masterplan proposal for silk island and a series of pavilions that will promote traditional farming while also providing enogastronomic tourism and refurbishments of natural context. The project seeks to introduce residents and tourists to the Mekong river’s traditions in an attractive, open, and social context. We will also explore the potential of biobased materials, that is suitable in the agricultural context.
The Wellness Farm Pavilions emerge as an architectural symphony, harmonizing hospitality with the natural beauty that envelops this exclusive destination. In a world that craves sanctuary and balance, this project stands as a testament to the transformative power of mindful design. The pavilions are an homage to Cambodian heritage. The architecture language is meticulously crafted to reflect the spirit of the land. The architecture becomes a narrative, telling a story of symbiosis with nature and a commitment to well-being.
Transparency becomes a guiding principle, as the pavilions are designed to invite the outside in. Large, strategically placed openings and opens spaces frame panoramic views of the Mekong River, allowing natural light to flood the interiors and offering guests an immersive experience in the tranquility of nature. The Mekong River, a timeless source of inspiration, plays a pivotal role in shaping the design narrative. The pavilions capitalize on the river's proximity, providing guests with breathtaking views and a sense of connection to the flow of this majestic waterway. Guests can engage in farm-to-table experiences, immersing themselves in the island's agricultural rhythms.
Wood, chosen for its sustainable attributes, becomes a central element in the pavilions, aligning with the project's commitment to eco-friendly practices. The design seamlessly integrates green building technologies, renewable energy sources, and water conservation strategies, creating a sustainable haven along the Mekong. The project is a kind of alchemical of dis-used wood obtained from multiple sources. Just as the most energy efficient building is conserving one already built, the most progressive edge of designing with wood is to recycle it into continued use. Despite its modest size, the design demonstrates that careful deconstruction of wooden buildings, then refinishing and recombination of their parts into considered assemblies extends the life-cycle of material otherwise destined for landfill.