Are you dreaming of a warm tropical getaway? Feast your eyes on these gorgeous prefab holiday homes floating in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Architecture firm agaligo studio crafted the lightweight, eco-friendly X-Float structures as an addition to the Project X2 River Kwai Resort. Set atop the famous River Kwai, the floating homes overlook uninterrupted picturesque views of Thailand’s lush mountains and river landscape.
Though Kanchanaburi is already famous for its floating houses, the X-Float stands out from its predecessors with its distinct design that blends a contemporary aesthetic with vernacular influences. Described as the “volumetric evolution of a raft,” the X-Float is crafted with a lightweight steel frame and clad with fiber cement siding and plywood. The prefab architecture was constructed offsite and then towed in place.
Located at a bend of the River Kwai, the floating homes are carefully oriented to maximize river views while minimizing solar heat gain and harsh afternoon sunlight. The X-Float units are staggered to provide privacy and faced with floor-to-ceiling glazing for uninterrupted landscape views. Guests can also enjoy the outdoors from the rooftop terrace and balcony.
The interior is outfitted with a large bedroom, electricity, as well as a bath and shower unit. All wastewater and sewage are properly treated before being released back into the river. The architects also added aquatic plants, such as reed, papyrus, and pondweed, around the units to improve natural water filtration.
Images via agaligo studio