Sited on sloping ground on the northern shore of Bintan Island, clear waters and fine grain sand identify the location of Club Med Bintan as one of the best beaches in the region. The beach front faces north towards the South China Sea, and higher elevations offer views of the ocean, surrounding hill and mature, dense vegetation.
This Club Med Village is family-oriented, providing many F&B and recreational choices along with sea and land sports centre, a kids club, evening theatre and cabaret entertainment.
The site planning for this project is based on a hilltown concept instead of the traditional village concept used in other Club Med designs to take advantage of the views and orientate all rooms towards the sea. The challenge was to bury the back of the house and service components into the hillside. The design guidelines dictate the general sitting of all the buildings to maximize the presentation of trees, natural habitats, water catchments areas, flow of streams and the blending of the buildings into the landscape. The architecture thus draws from the Indonesian vernacular and integrates a modern aesthetic with a tropical, climatically inspired design vocabulary.
The building forms reference the simple fisherman huts dotting the coast line. The rooms are in three-storey blocks organised along streets and paths that follow the forest and the ocean as they reveal themselves.
The design integrates and juxtaposes the traditional and the modern, the vernacular and the technological, to create a resort experience that interweaves the past and present without being overly nostalgic or excessively contemporary. This is best expressed in the four-storey Main Hall housing the lobby, reception and three restaurants. Guests enter on the top floor with the other levels stepping down the hillside. The roof of the Main Hall is a composite truss structure of steel, timber and glass. The design intent was to express the vernacular in a technological way to yield a new hybrid spatial experience.
Note: Project designed by Wong Chiu Man for Nikken Sekkei International