Club Mediterranée is a holiday village with over sixty years history on the cliff of Santa Lucia near the charming and historic town of Cefalù in Sicily. At the sunset of its glorious days, Club Med came up with an ambitious plan in order to upgrade the whole site. The new design goes beyond an overhaul of the existing buildings which were mainly straw huts commissioning a high standard accomodation appropriate for a more demanding clientele. The outstanding natural beauty of the site offers breathtaking views of Cefalù and its surroundings. Over the years the infrastructure of the place has grown and been modified in some cases also taking care of the landscape strongly bound to the place.
study models of the new master plan
Throughout the years, diverse regional and national regulations have been established in order to preserve the exceptional beauty of the coastline. The resort has always taken into consideration this regulations by not building anything visible from Cefalù and adopting a temporary character for the construction visible from the sea keeping a low profile in accordance with Club Med’s founding philosophy. The project aims to do this by maintaining the existing landscape -particularly species which are unique to the site, and by adopting local building traditions and materials. The programmatic requirements nevertheless make quite heavy demands on the site in terms of the amount of building work planned. Raising the accommodation standard from camping in straw huts to 4star+ requires more overall built volume. We have sought to make this necessity compatible with the natural features of the site.
DRY STONE WALLS BUILDING
Dry stone walls building_path and sea front
Dry Stone Wall Guest Rooms The new project aims specifically to reinforce the site’s original character particularly in the landscaping and planting as the dominant visible theme. The rooms and public spaces are designed to meet the standards of a modern hotel while the atmosphere and walkways are more in line with the resort rather than a large seaside hotel. The 566 existing straw huts will be replaced by 110 larger and more comfortable bungalows located towards the sea and 200 guest rooms using a more permanent construction technique. The design of these blocks of rooms are derived from the pattern of contour lines over the whole site which become the traces of the dry-stone wall terracing.
dry stone wall buildings_ plan and photo
The walls curve in a sinusoidal pattern creating interior and exterior spaces which make up the guest rooms will adapt themselves to the slope of the terrain. The dry stone wall has traditionally been used in this area for terracing in but in this case we have made it inhabitable.
dry stone wall buildings_ view of the guest rooms
Bungalows sited on cliff edge
They are designed to maintain the temporary nature of the construction of the huts they replace, but at the same time to reduce the visual impact to a minimum and improve the level of comfort in keeping with a modern hotel.
plan, section and model view A pre-fabricated system has been adopted which exploits the capacities of wood technology and industrial production to the full.