With a look at this glass-enclosed house, set as if on air, who wouldn’t want to vacation here? This beautiful Thailand home, with expansive views of the lake from both pool and garden, is a creation of the XSS, a Hong Kong-based architectural and design firm that loves to “push boundaries” — and here, they’re pushing them clear into “heavenly.” The home is in the heart of a prestigious North Bangkok residential area, intended for people to feel a part of the community; the owners wanted this vacation home to be a cross between “getting away from it all” and “getting close to nature.” Hence, the design concept became to create a “Shambhala” — described as “pure land” in Buddhist texts — by making a space where minimalist décor would emphasize and welcome the natural beauty around the home.
This “welcome” comes about through expanses of glass, letting in natural light that eliminates the need for too much artificial illumination — and letting in cool breezes from the lake, thus eliminating the need for constant air conditioning. The color palette is neutral, but these aren’t somber colors or shapes (see the charming “chair” and “dog” beside it). Bright red stripes accent walls behind a smooth wood dining table; a sky-blue lounge is cheerful in the sunlight. Dark blue stripes liven bedding, and a green-lattice paper covers one wall off the deck; another fun touch is a color-splashed rug beneath the poolside table and chairs. But the fun and beauty in this space are its serenity and connection to the great outdoors — the epitome of what a great vacation is about.