Suan Kachamudee is a boutique resort on the east coast of Koh Samui Island in Chaweng Noi, Thailand. The buildings are located on a hill with a breathtaking view, despite strong local constraints such as a slope over 50 percent; large, numerous boulders; and lush vegetation.

The main idea behind the project was to create a contrast between the buildings and the rocks. As a result, the dwellings appear as irregular sharp white blocks, heavily contrasting the site’s massive round black granite stones. The buildings are split into various units and distributed along the slope, minimizing the density perception and fitting in among the existing granite rocks.

The guests arrive in the reception area within the spa building, where they get a glimpse of the amazing surrounding sea views. The path leads them to the main building, with a swimming pool located in the core. The bedroom units, with their own private terraces, are spread around the property.

The resort was developed by Sicart & Smith Architects, a French International Design Studio based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. [Information provided via e-mail by the architecture team; photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci]