Paradise under a composite ceiling
23 February, 2015
Looking for the perfect getaway and got a couple of hundreds of thousands to spend? Look no further. Welcome to the Iniala Beach House, a secluded luxury gem situated on the golden sands of Natai beach, north of Phuket, Thailand. As a guest at Iniala, you are entitled to a private driver, butler, chef, spa therapist and housekeeper. Plus fine dining at the Aziamendi restaurant, topped by a ceiling in Divinycell.
The Iniala Beach House is like no other hotel or resort. Located on the Thailand coastline facing the Andaman Sea, it provides four hotel residences for guests seeking a scenic and tranquil getaway. Each of the dwellings takes advantage of wonderful ocean views, while opening directly onto the private Natai beach. The villas are similar in exterior architectural language, while each features individualized interior character.
Ten different international designers from Brazil, Spain, Thailand, UK, Russia, USA and Ireland have contributed to the interiors of this gorgeous, contemporary hideaway.
Lightweight, composite ceiling for maximum durability
Apart from three villas and a penthouse, the resort also features Aziamendi, a top-notch restaurant from Bilbao’s acclaimed 3 Michelin star chef Eneko Atxa. The restaurant is designed by A-cero and inspired by the nature surrounding it.
And the spectacular ceiling topping this venue features DIAB’s high-performance Divinycell core material.
The choice of material for the ceiling was due to the designers’ wish to minimize its weight and thereby the load to the building structure. With solid wood, the construction would need additional bracing. The characteristics of composite material also make it highly suitable for the hot and humid weather conditions in Thailand.
–We were searching for a solution that could handle both the weight of the construction and the climate issue, said Peter & Graham Lamb, one of the two project designers. With the doors of the restaurant opening and closing all day, it would create a flux of moisture, causing the wood to twist. Being water-resistant, sandwich composite is the ultimate solution. It offers excellent durability and requires no maintenance.
With a little help from our DIAB friends
–Before meeting with DIAB, the project was at a dead end without a solution, continued Peter. But once I met the brilliant DIAB Thailand team, it moved forward and we were able to meet our deadline. DIAB offered us outstanding engineering support directly through their Regional Sales Manager.
Now, the Iniala Beach House stands ready to welcome its guests with a blend of extraordinary design, groundbreaking gastronomy and unparalleled service. Check into this slice of paradise to kick back and relax.
Read more about the Iniala Beach House; www.iniala.com