A Tradition of Serenity: The Tropical Houses of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu


A Tradition of Serenity: The Tropical Houses of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu


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Considered the Axel Vervoordt of Asia for his masterful use of ancient architectural elements and age-old materials, Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu is an architect whose unique style reflects its northern Thai-or Lanna-roots while keeping a firm footing in contemporary style. Lanna architecture is characterized by the concept of simplicity, nature, and focusing on “discovery, not invention.” In a meaningful and informed manner, Ong-Ard Architects preserves then adds to this classic style’s simplicity with such contemporary touches as concrete floors and high, airy ceilings-creating a sophisticated juxtaposition between past and present.

This presentation of Ong-Ard’s most striking architectural works was photographed by the master photographer Francois Halard especially for this book. Featured here are his inviting homes, resorts, and hotels, each a serene oasis whether in the countryside or the city. Striking a balance between the historic and contemporary, this volume encapsulates Thailand’s vast world influence and Ong-Ard’s keen design insight. It will be a treasured read for a worldwide audience interested in interiors, design, and architecture.

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Dimensions 324 × 254 mm

Ong-ard Satrabhandhu

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Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu is an architect and hotelier. In 1967 Ong-ard Satrabhandhu became known for his Corbusier-influenced Panapan building in northern Thailand. His success continued when he shifted his approach to historicism and pluralism in contemporary architecture. His architecture firm Ong-Ard Architects is committed traditional Lanna culture with a contemporary twist. Francois Halard has been a regular contributor to American Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and House & Garden for over 30 years. His work for these publications established him as the most prolific and well-known interior and architectural photographers of our time. Halard's sophisticated style and refined technique has attracted advertising clients such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren, and Ann Taylor. He has had solo exhibitions in Arles, France, Paris, and New York at the Remy Toledo Gallery. Halard's self-titled monograph, Francois Halard, was published in 2013.



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