Our overall approach to marry the landscape with the given programme was to conserve and reinforce the natural aspects of the site and occupy, where possible, either areas already built or clearings in the woods. Integral to the project is the planting of large numbers of new trees for privacy between villas, for continuity with the existing landscape and to return previously built-over areas to their original state.
Masterplan from Limestone Village to the Point
Hotel Sunset pool
Sea front view of hotel renovation
View of interior arrangements
Garden hotel renovation
Section of retail promenade buildings
Resort villas By concentrating the development of the villas in areas previously occupied by building, existing plants and trees are conserved, with the aim of producing, a higher density of villas together with more privacy.
Renderings of villas showing the relationship between landscape and interior spaces The villas themselves hug the ground with the rooms arranged around the pool The exterior and interior spaces are treated with the same attention. The roofs give a very strong character to the villas and there are several functional reasons for this. By almost reaching the ground at the back, the roofs give a strong sense of direction to each villa and with it a sense of enclosure and privacy. They can be moved and opened to increase the flexibility of interior and exterior spaces and the views upward to the sky.
Master plan of the Point
Villas on the point
The point is where the land narrows due to the tidal erosion by the river. About half the area regularly floods at high tide. The lines of development all tend to run parallel with the two coasts; the front of trees to the beach, the main flood channels to the river, the existing central pathway that will become the access road. If we see these lines as the warp in the loom of the landscape, our proposal creates a settlement pattern that acts as the weft, weaving in an out of the trees joining the two banks and binding the landscape together.
Room plan of point villa near the river
They take the form of causeways, a stable “ground” upon which the villas can be constructed, above the constantly changing ground and water below. However, this artificial ground is not heavy like earth or water, it is light. The nature of these causeways changes continuously along their length depending on the function they perform: road, pathway, garage, terrace, exterior room, fountain, and especially as sites for the villas. They are the access routes and the private territory of the villas and therefore adapt their shape accordingly: from a single suspended narrow pathway, to an enclosing structure the whole width and height of the villa. In terms of planning, the objective is to bring into play the essential nature and dynamic of the whole of the site for all the villas.
Main section of villa At ground floor, the open areas are defined as car ports under the access deck, to the pool side of the ground floor swimming pool. Above, the open areas contain fountains and pools , terraces, verandas and belvederes with views to the natural surroundings.
It is important to avoid a barrier of sea-facing villas that destroy the tree front on the beach and cut off the villas behind from the sea. The trees fronting the beach make the natural “façade” to the sea which is only occasionally interrupted by the intrusion of the villas through the branches. They also provide the privacy between one villa and the next.