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The solution was to spread the villa out horizontally along the contours, with the main two-storey structure consisting of a central circulation pavilion containing a grand spiral staircase, flanked by two pavilions containing the living areas. Bedrooms are accommodated in sepa- rate pavilions on both sides of the main villa structure – one containing the master suite and the other for guest rooms. A 30m infinity edge pool sits in front of the lower level of the living pavilions acting as the focal point for outdoor living. search | save | share at “In some ways the pool is an enor- mous anchor. It sits there very solidly, almost acting as a bookend holding every- thing behind it.” The architecture of the pavilions is a fusion of contemporary and traditional elements. Coyne says the owner wanted something that looked classic – not some- thing that would be a victim of fashion or of a specific time. “But it also couldn’t be overly con- servative,” he says. “So while the overall structure is contemporary, we’ve used a traditional Thai peaked roof structure on the pavilions. “At a total size of 3500m 2 , this is obvi- ously not a typical Asian home. But emphasising the pavilions with this roof design gives a sense of breaking the struc- ture up into a series of smaller buildings, which is more appropriate for something that’s essentially domestic.” The two-storey living pavilions allow for formal spaces on the upper level, with more informal, family spaces on the lower, pool level, while underneath the pool is a