The Design Of This Shingle-Clad Hotel Lobby Was Inspired By A Coconut

Architecture firm Onion, has shared photos of a hotel lobby they completed for Holiday Inn Samui in Thailand, whose design is inspired by the coconut shell after its meat has been grated to make Thai dessert.
A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut, and features a shingle-clad exterior.

Architecture firm Onion, has shared photos of a hotel lobby they completed for Holiday Inn Samui in Thailand, whose design is inspired by the coconut shell after its meat has been grated to make Thai dessert.

A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut, and features a shingle-clad exterior.

The curved building exterior is clad with wooden shingles, with openings giving a glimpse of the lobby inside.

A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut, and features a shingle-clad exterior.
A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut, and features a shingle-clad exterior.
A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut, and features a shingle-clad exterior.

At night, the interior of the lobby shines brightly.

A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut.

The interior spaces are made of gypsum boards, formed as three-dimensional steps. There are 4 main spaces within the lobby, with the first building envelope being a pick-up and drop-off space for hotel guests.

A modern hotel lobby whose design is inspired by the shape and interior of a coconut.

This area is cut on the side to give room to vehicles dropping off guests.

A modern hotel lobby with a curved design.
A modern hotel lobby with a curved design.

The second envelope is designed for an existing Java Plum tree with an oculus framing the sky.

A modern hotel lobby is designed around an existing Java Plum tree with an oculus framing the sky.
A modern hotel lobby is designed around an existing Java Plum tree with an oculus framing the sky.
A modern hotel lobby is designed around an existing Java Plum tree with an oculus framing the sky.

The third envelope is the hotel lobby, where all of the spaces are arranged in a linear organisation, directing the point of view of guests toward the sea. The lobby also includes hanging planes of bamboo and hidden lighting that highlights the design.

A modern hotel lobby that includes curved walls, hanging planes of bamboo, and hidden lighting that highlights the design.
A modern hotel lobby that includes curved walls, hanging planes of bamboo, and hidden lighting that highlights the design.
A modern hotel lobby that includes curved walls, hanging planes of bamboo, and hidden lighting that highlights the design.
A modern hotel lobby that includes curved walls, hanging planes of bamboo, and hidden lighting that highlights the design.
A modern hotel lobby that includes curved walls, hanging planes of bamboo, and hidden lighting that highlights the design.
A modern hotel lobby that includes curved walls, hanging planes of bamboo, and hidden lighting that highlights the design.

The fourth area includes a glass-enclosed conference room that enjoys views of the curved interior.

A glass-enclosed conference room that enjoys views of the curved interior.
A glass-enclosed conference room that enjoys views of the curved interior.

Here’s a look at the floor plan and various architectural drawings.

The architectural drawings of a modern hotel lobby inspired by a coconut.
The architectural drawings of a modern hotel lobby inspired by a coconut.
The architectural drawings of a modern hotel lobby inspired by a coconut.
The architectural drawings of a modern hotel lobby inspired by a coconut.
The architectural drawings of a modern hotel lobby inspired by a coconut.
Photography by W-Workspace | Architect: Onion | Lighting Designers: APLD Design | Structure Engineers: NAVA STUDIOS, Dr. Prasit Soongswang | Landscape Architects: Coopers Hill

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