X2 River Kwai

Bridging to The Nature Nong Ya / Thailand / 2014

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Architecture : agaligo studio
Lighting Design : Studio Accent
Landscape Design : Worawit Pimpin
Engineering : M-Square
Area : 3,023 Sq.M.
Year : 2014


X2 River Kwai is located on the most beautiful stretch of the Kwai Noi River. With a spectacular backdrop of the mountain range and clear, blue sky, the resort boasts a breathtaking river view. Its grounds are surrounded by rice paddies, sugar cane plantations, local temples, and small villages, the signature scenery of Kanchanaburi. X2 River Kwai’s resort facilities offer a restaurant & bistro with an outdoor deck, a library, and an infinity swimming pool.


The province of Kanchanaburi played many important roles in the past centuries during the Thai-Burmese conflict. It was a place full of several ethnic tribes living in thick jungles and also a spot for mining activities. The town became widely recognized after the Second World War, when the Japanese soldiers used it as a base camp for the prisoners of war to construct the notorious Thai-Burma Railway and the well-known bridge over the River Kwai. This memoir was later featured in the 1957 Hollywood film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” winning 7 academy awards. Consequently, “The Railway Man,” screened in 2014, was produced to recite the historical event.


The resort is the brainchild collaboration between its owner and the architect. The design theme took inspiration from Kanchanaburi’s unique history combined with the essence of its location near the historic railway, bridge, and river. The result is an avant-garde designed resort that embraces the local character. In creating the sense of place, the architecture of X2 River Kwai adopted the “light structure” concept to construct the project. Light structure is commonly seen throughout the local neighborhood setting such as on houses, rafts, and bridges, which are mainly built with wood and bamboo. Steel trusses of factories, mining equipment, and the distinct monument, The Bridge over River Kwai, can also be considered as light structures, which encompass the “slim but strong” philosophy. With the triangulated members, this kind of structural system gives us freedom to build things that almost “fly in the air”. This quality of flying or floating is used to create the place and to give X2 River Kwai a special experience. LuXe Cabin guests can enjoy the panoramic view of the River Kwai from their “flying” decks that stretch into the vast nature while Pool Xide Cabin guests can rest on private “raft” terraces and soak their feet in the infinity pools.

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    Architecture : agaligo studioLighting Design : Studio AccentLandscape Design : Worawit PimpinEngineering : M-SquareArea : 3,023 Sq.M.Year : 2014 X2 River Kwai is located on the most beautiful stretch of the Kwai Noi River. With a spectacular backdrop of the mountain range and clear, blue sky, the resort boasts a breathtaking river view. Its grounds are surrounded by rice paddies, sugar cane plantations, local temples, and small villages, the signature scenery of Kanchanaburi. X2 River...

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