House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

It is not common to build a house in a rocky terrain. But this house on the rock stands tall against all odds.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Ottomaan /// Photo: Sungwan Phratem /// Architect: Kusol Im Erbsin 

The well-rounded balcony juts out from the master bedroom and comes to rest on a big boulder in a complementing shape.

The house is settled on a tight land of less than an acre. The landscape is hemmed by huge rocks. From afar, it’s hard to tell the shape of the house, as it sits on a lower level than a nearby road.

The second floor offers an alfresco dining room/ sundeck with panoramic ocean views.

Boulders across the landscape force the buildings to come in separate units, each is anchored with a rock to secure its place. The design is modern and simple. Overall exterior is clean and neat, highlighted with a shed roof. Different asymmetry shapes are used, while rectangular shapes are avoided to achieve the most nature-blending buildings.

The main entryway appears light and airy. Where necessary, the walls are made of strips of timber evenly placed at intervals instead of solid walls.

Buildings are set on a slightly different levels. The shed roof on the main villa creates a wide open facade. The diagonal lines are also applied to other exterior walls. The overall wooden materials make the house looks warm and inviting.

The sitting room features a modern sectional sofa with complementing wood furniture.
The dining space features a long dining table crafted of slab timber resting on tree stumps. A zebra graphic pattern at the far end adds a touch of nature to the room.

The two-storey main villa features a T-shaped floor plan. On the second floor, an ample sitting area is offered along with a panoramic ocean view. Exterior walls are partly covered in timber strips, placed at intervals for ventilation. Bricks wall covered in plaster and glass windows are applied where appropriate. A wide sundeck is served as an alfresco dining room.

The ground floor is also connected to outdoor. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels are installed. A lounge area is equipped with a huge bed. Next to the space is a semi-formal dining room and a contemporary-looking pantry.

A garden pathway connects the two buildings. To the left, patches of greenery and timber strips are put in to soften the harsh appearance of nearby cliff faces.
Viewed from the outbuilding, the main villa boasts striking trapezoidal roof design.

The first outbuilding is opposite to the main villa, accessible via a garden pathway. The single-story home offers a small bedroom. The ensuite unit boasts an outdoor bathroom.

The master bedroom lies in a smaller outbuilding, separated from the main villa.


The second outbuilding sits slightly lower than the rest. The floor plan is similar to a sundeck on a cruise. The master bedroom sits on a big boulder, the top edge can be seen projecting out from the floorboard.

Where possible, uneven grounds were smooth out to make a lawn. Through time, the weather has washed rock surfaces that they gradually become organic with the house and its landscape.

Safari-inspired décor silhouetted against its modern loft interior. Naked concrete finishes compliment subdued tones of the wood. Free-form furniture at the center works as a colorful contrast. In short, its rocky terrain simply completes this house on the rock.

The Contiguous room makes a fluent, functional interior space.
The ensuite bathroom in the outbuilding needs no opaque roofing. Lacy shades of nearby trees keep it at comfortable temperatures throughout the day.



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