Author(s): Mo Tingli
Tropical Experience brings together a breathtaking collection of ecological architectural designs across Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Bali, from children's educational centres to resorts, cafes and private villas, all are centred in the natural environment; designs that integrate quietly and unobtrusively with the land that surrounds them. Using natural materials, these designs become a fluid extension of the forest floor; bamboo walls that allow the elements to flood through bringing light and balance and the breeze from the trees, the sounds of the leaves. Cool stone floors are created for barefoot living; wood is curved and shaped to form floor to ceiling windows and screens, natural textiles in warm earth tones, vibrant rugs and knotted hammocks create sumptuous yet simple interiors. Infinity edge pools reflect the sky creating a deeper sense of tranquillity; these inspiring spaces indulge the senses and calm the mind. Within this innovative collection are architectural blueprints and designs to inspire anyone who is interested in creating environmentally sensitive buildings; encouraging the use of green technology and structures that integrate fully with the natural world while maintaining a sense of luxury and real escapism.