Designed by Bangkok-based AD100 honoree Bill Bensley, this sprawling set of pavilions in Northern Thailand lies an hour's flight from the capital and 30 minutes drive from Chiang Mai, the regional capital. The remote location hasn't prevented the owners, an American couple, from seeking a hefty sum for their faraway vacation home: $15M. Perhaps aiding that price tag is the nearby Four Seasons resort and a gushing write up in the April 2007 issue of Architectural Digest. The four-acre compound, known as Villa Mae Rim, consists of seven pavilions crafted from rare and incredibly hardy golden teak and the project took an astounding eight years to complete.
· Villa Mae Rim [official site]
· A Thailand Treasure [Architectural Digest]