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THE BUZZ

SUPER-NATURAL LUXURY
For Sopit Damminsek, president of Livist Resorts Group as well as owner of
the group's development company, D Living Properties Co., this November's
opening of the 5-star Livist Design Resort in Phetchabun, Thailand, is not
only the debut of a new hotel brand, it is a milestone for the country itself.
He envisions that the brand's premise of luxurious, yet sustainable, hospitality design and operations will not only become a benchmark for a different
breed of top-of -the-market lifestyle resorts, it will also position this region of
Lower Northern Thailand as a travel experience as prized as those in Chiang
Mai or Chiang Rai.
Located in the city center's trendy cultural/culinary neighborhood growing
up around Narai Phattana Alley, yet surrounded by pristine mountaintops,
Livist is a harbinger of future-forward smart green luxury. Calling itself the province's first "sustainable luxury design boutique resort," the seven-story destination designed by Patchara Wongboonsin (khun Jo) and Ornnicha Duriyaprapan
(khun Nim), principals of POAR | Patchara + Ornnicha Architects, features
80 monochromatic suites angled to capture the most beautiful aspects of the
scenery. Floor-to-ceiling, 23-ft.-wide windows frame 270-degree views of the
celebrated mountain mists in Khon Kaen and Khao Kho national parks, also
known as the Little Switzerland Alps of Thailand and Seas of Mists.
POAR's minimalist whitewashed structure transforms an energy efficient
design into a luxurious virtue. Suites are divided from one another for quiet
and privacy via open channels between adjacent units rather than typical party
walls. The architecture of this "perforated" building, which POAR calls "geometry
design," features corridors permeated by natural air and sunlight most of the day
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so that cooling breezes flow around the external walls. The resort also lays claim
to featuring the largest infinity rooftop pool in north and northeastern Thailand,
with 360-degree views and a sunken pool bar, along with a ground-level pool in
the forest-like setting of the LiV Spa & Holistic Wellness Village.
With strong, symmetrical lines, the design will combine the simplicity of
natural flooring, silk and marble with modern artwork and furniture. Livist's
design supports the local community by involving regional craftspeople and
artisans wherever possible, including the use of home-grown teak for the entire
ceiling of the ground-floor public areas as well as millwork and furniture. Local
trades also created the terracotta floors throughout the hotel.
Damminsek is targeting younger urbanites who want the high-energy
excitement of the city and the calm of the mountains, as well as the finest luxuries, without harming the planet. The hotel plans to have no single-use plastics, employing biodegradable plastics instead. In order to calculate its carbon
footprint, the hotel will track the total amount of energy consumed, from staff
commutes to food and beverage delivery to the energy used by each guest.
"The market for Lower Northern Thailand has increased tremendously in
recent years," says Azuan Noordin, corporate general manager, Livist Resorts
Group. "This hotel will draw interest in new construction [sites] away from the
mountains so their natural resources can be preserved."
Also in the works is another minimalist and sustainable, yet ultra-luxury,
concept: the 5-star Livist Design Villas Resort Khao Kho, which will have its own
unique design and character. Construction is slated to start in Q1 2020, after the
Phetchabun resort opens, and is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.

COUR TE S Y OF LIVIS T DE SIGN RE SOR T PHE TCHABUN

BY ALICIA SHEBER


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From the Editor
The Buzz
Heroes And Mavericks: Fierce Friends
Fun Pass
Queens Of London
Go Small, Go Home
Products: Flooring
Products: Seating
Exit Interview
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