Cool Spaces: Z9 Island Resort

This was written for VISI. You can view it here.

Image credit: Beer Singnoi and Jagkree Phetphosree via

An eco-lovers island fantasy, Thailand’s Z9 Resort is where serenity, sustainability and comfortable luxury meet to provide a conscious retreat like no other.

Created by architectural design firm Dersyn Studio, this dreamlike resort was purposefully created to be as harmonious as possible with the land on which it lies. Chalets curve alongside the meandering lake-shore while the lobby is designed with the moon in mind. This means that guests are treated not only to spectacular sunsets, but to dazzling sunrises as well.

Floating on the Srinakarin Dam in Kanchanaburi, the raft rooms are set amidst a gentle body of water. Each building makes use of natural ventilation, form and structural material. Z9 Resort embodies the concept of the “Three Rs”- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. By using light-weight steel structures, Dersyn Studio was able to construct the resort much faster and with far fewer materials than traditional concrete methods.

The revamp of the resort saw no piece of wood thrown away. Instead, each was repurposed into OSB board – the compression of layers of wooden chips. What didn’t need to be shredded and repurposed was simply recycled. Large pieces of wood were converted into indoor furniture items.

Sustainable from start to finish, even contaminated water was put through closed circuit water treatment for purifying before it was returned to the lake. It is a rare and wonderful place where both the guests and the habitat in which they enjoy their stay are cared for.

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