Good bones: Navakitel Design Hotel emphasises its existing structure

Commercial, Online Exclusive Feature / 2022

Good bones: Navakitel Design Hotel emphasises its existing structure

January 26, 2022

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The hotel’s original building was a two-storey apartment with a reinforced concrete structure. In order to transform the function of an apartment into a hotel, the architect decided to maintain the original building floor plan as the existing rooms were already of a similar size and design. A thin and sharp steel plate was chosen for this seven-storey concrete structure to reduce the ‘thickness’ of the building and to invite natural light into the interiors.

Special attention was paid to the electrical system installation. Lighting decoration and other necessary equipment were installed in an industrial style. Instead of concealing it with gypsum ceiling, parts of the MEP systems have been exposed to create the building aesthetics. Using the expertise of local craftsmanship, including ironworkers, carpenters and masons, the distinctive characteristics of Thai traditional art was also added to the hotel design.


Project Name
Navakitel Design Hotel

Project Location
Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

Completion Year

3,900 square metres

Suchada Navakitpaitoon

Junsekino Architect and Design

Junsekino Interior Design

Spaceshift Studio

As published in Construction Plus

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