A Thai Brutalist masterwork rises in lush Pattaya

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As the sun’s rays fall on the staggered cubed villa complex of Mason, interwoven by an abundance of tropical flora, you may find it hard to register that you are, in fact, on a beach in Thailand. Opening in early 2019, the ultramodern resort is yet another head-turning achievement by award-winning studio VaSLab, based in Bangkok, which is known for its angular Brutalist masterpieces juxtaposed with the lush setting of Thailand. Each of Mason’s 35 villas, positioned for first-class views of the stunning ocean backdrop, boasts a private pool, a spacious bathroom with an oversized bathtub, and a large sundeck terrace. 

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A study in craftsmanship as its name implies, Mason pays homage to the cultural roots of its location, Na Jomtien in Pattaya, and especially the stone carvers of the local Ang Sila community. Using stone and concrete as the protagonists in their narrative, VaSLab structured the hotel to look like a natural extension of the rocky hill it sits on. Here, granite finds its way to walls and furniture, from the bathroom sink and tub to smaller decorative objects. The theme of masonry is also creatively explored through sculptural artworks created in collaboration with Thai studio Dong Sculpture, as well as in “negative spaces,” or voids, where indirect lighting creates spatial poetry.

Located on the quiet Na Jomtien beach, Mason is comfortably secluded from the masses of sun-seeking tourists but also close enough to town—just a 15-minute drive—to benefit from this multicultural city with excellent places to eat, shop, or dance the night away.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018