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When indulging in the soothing sound of the waves lapping on the beach to fully relax our minds, we wanted to find more drinks and good places to enjoy. Until we discovered SAND BEACH CLUB, a modern restaurant, cafe, and bar designed by designers from Tastespace and architects from P.A. Design designed to promote the relaxation environment by the sea in Phetchaburi. The shop is designed with the concept of creating the interior space to be like a picture frame , focusing on the sea view from all angles until it feels open and comfortable, with beverages and food available at all times.
A simple challenge reflects on the building
The owner formerly operated a resort before deciding to rent extra property in the area to develop a building that would include a restaurant, café, and bar all in one location. The challenge is that the building’s exterior must have a simple design with a tranquil ambience, where people can rest and enjoy the sea breeze while sitting and hanging out. Customers of the resort and those who wish to use the service are the primary target audience.
Picture frame with sea view
The designer conceptualized the building in the shape of a square picture frame with a view of the sea. The entrance area is designed as a sloping ramp to accommodate traffic of all ages. The corridor is flanked on each side by solid walls that are grooved into numerous lines to lead the eye to a higher-level bar with a view of the sea in the background.
Most buildings must be opened due to legislative restrictions on the area that prohibits the construction of enclosed structures larger than 75 square metres. As we look at the project from the front, we can observe that the mass of the structure is separated into two sides. The solid wall on the left serves as a kitchen, while the solid wall on the right serves as a bathroom with high privacy requirements. Both of these walls are also used to support the weight of the square roof, as the bar is designed to be an open space with no pillars so that people in the restaurant can see the sea from every angle.
When entering the restaurant, the right and left portions serve as semi-indoor and outdoor eating rooms with glass windows to keep the wind out during a storm while yet getting the same view from the beach as if it is as part of the interior. In terms of the mood and tone of the interior space, it can be observed that the construction materials employ wood as the major element to make the interior appear softer and more relaxed, including the use of a square frame ceiling to make the entire structure look like the same story.
From the boat keel to the main bar
An intriguing highlight is the central bar inspired by a ship’s keel, designed with a pixelated pattern with four materials: laminate, wood grain aluminium, gold film, and acrylic. The light was installed behind the material to create an illuminate effect on the multi-material pattern at night, which, regardless of the angle, it is very striking from any angle.
“We wanted the bar to be the focal point so that it would provide a visual break upon entering the space and attract individuals from both ends of the room to come out and order drinks at any time.”
The rhythm of the space makes the bar stand out
Enhance the bar space’s uniqueness with rectangular fins overlaid with double corrugated tiles to allow natural light to stream down on the fins, producing a fascinating shadowed line to the bar. At the same time, as the wind blows, it will swing to help create a rhythm for the space, connecting the design and the environment. Moreover, the eaves have been replaced to eucalyptus wood and the floor has been lowered to a staircase, indicating that the space is set to transition into the beach area.
Blue is associated with the environment
Outside, the furniture is placed on the beachfront to provide an open space for guests to hang out in groups to feel the sea ambience even more by choosing blue furniture and umbrellas that matches with the color of the sea and the sky. It also uses outdoor cushion and pillow materials that are resistant to the sun, wind, rain and sea spray, ensuring that it will not corrode quickly.
Simple, relaxing, but detailed
“We sought to make the building simple, relaxed, yet full of details. Due to different constraints such as the material that must be chosen to be durable, legal space restrictions, and constantly changing climate, we strive to hide little elements such as a white canvas on the outside ceiling, which can be pulled down during a storm and can be stored seamlessly once the storm has passed. We experiment with limitations and connect them to create mood and tone in one direction, resulting in a new character for a seaside restaurant that helps attract more customers.”
Concept & Interior Design : Taste Space
Architecture : P.A Design
Lighting Design : Lundi
Photography : jinnawat borihankijanan