June 8, 2009

Contemporary Thai design defines graceful architecture of Royal Palm Residences


Steep, gable roofs that slope daintily, perched on clustered structures shaded in organic tones and accented with ornate carvings, nestled in lush landscaping and water elements – the qualities of contemporary Thai architecture exude modern elegance while still maintaining old world charm. 


Yet such attractive and enduring aesthetics don’t need to be confined in a tropical beach destination. In fact, this type of architecture can blend effortlessly in a similar tropical setting like the Philippines, where residential developments for the past few years have seen a proliferation of Asian-inspired architecture.   Pretty soon, the unique and versatile Thai design will define a condominium community and set the benchmark for infusing Asian aesthetics with modern practicability. 


Royal Palm Residences is set to emerge in the coming months as a Thai-tropical resort village where wellness is valued along with modern day requirements for an idyllic urban address.  Developed by DMCI Homes, this distinct theme will stand out as a fresh and extraordinary residential community within Township Central – DMCI Homes’ residential enclave in Taguig City characterized by Asian-themed villages.   


“Architecture is influenced by way of life,” said Renz S. Raule, DMCI Homes’ Project Development Manager.   “As meditation is to Zen, while tropical resort is to Bali, health and wellness are terms often associated with the Thais.  Digging into this concept, we then associated the design intent with distinctively Thai elements, such as the traditional Thai house and its qualities, which eventually served as the central architectural inspiration for Royal Palm Residences.”


He also identified the characteristics of a classic Thai-inspired establishment.  He referred to the graceful slope of the gable roof and interesting roof elements such as finials and pediments as elements that are distinctively Thai in origin.  Doors and windows are characterized by carved ornamental wood panels that also help with ventilation. All the structures open into a verandah leading to a central terrace that is used for family activities or events such as weddings. The terraces are bordered by balustrades and railings which give a sense of enclosure but still admit the free flow of natural breeze.


“For the interiors, there are, traditionally, no suspended ceiling panels. This reduces the roof load and gives a feeling of openness.  This is further enhanced by the use of low furniture.  In terms of landscaping, Thais use floral and natural arrangements. There is a predominance of ceramic vats containing fish and lilies in addition to potted plants.  Bird cages are kept close by as well as wind chimes,” Raule added.


Exquisite wood carvings, gold accents, stilts over water elements, complemented by splashes of purple and gold, shades associated with Thai royalty, are likewise utilized to evoke classic Thai appeal.  Soothing light and dark earth tones dominate the development, while numerous water features create an environment truly enveloped by nature, Raule noted.


For Royal Palm Residences, these design influences were liberally used to simulate Thai aesthetics and sensibilities.   The characteristically graceful roofs will punctuate each building entrance and is the main character of the Grand Clubhouse.  Another traditional feature is the Entrance Pavilion which will readily impress guests who enter the development.   


“Royal Palm Residences’ buildings will reflect one of the most enduring forms of Thai architecture – the traditional Thai house.   It is a house on stilts standing above a water element with its distinctively steep roof, punctuated by its curved fascia descending to a flame-like accent.  Wooden ornamental brackets provide contrast and balance to the steep roof,” Raule said.  


Raule also explained that the exotic ambience that is associated with resort destinations like Bangkok has emerged as a strong influence for property design that is also applicable in the Philippines.  “We have the same weather conditions.  This means that architectural details can also be applied here” he said. 


This means that aside from its aesthetic value, Thai architecture is quite functional, adapting to weather and environment – something which the Filipinos will appreciate.  Throughout the four-hectare prime property of Royal Palm Residences, additional applications of Thai architecture will include organic elements that are in harmony with nature, along with relaxing Thai colors and landscaping elements.


Royal Palm Residences offers 8 mid-rise and 2 hi-rise buildings whose names convey further allusions to Thailand – Karon, Kata, Phuket, Yanoi, Nui, Pansea, Railay, Samui, Kamala and Rawai – derived from its famous beaches and island resort destinations.  Unit buyers can choose from a variety of unit types to suit their lifestyle needs: from the 38.5 sqm studio and 1-bedroom unit, 49.5 sqm 2-bedroom unit, 66.0 sqm 3-bedroom end unit, 74.5 sqm 3-bedroom inner unit and 99.0 sqm 3-bedroom tandem unit.


This medium-density development boasts of residential buildings with first-rate features and a whole plethora of active and passive amenities set amidst one-hectare of open spaces.  All these Thai-tropical resort features are combined with modern conveniences like Wi-fi access at the Grand Clubhouse, electrified security fence and professional property management services for a balance of traditional and modern cosmopolitan lifestyle.