St Regis Maldives
马尔代夫瑞吉度假酒店

Maldives马尔代夫 Resort Hotel度假酒店 16,000 M² Architecture, Interior & Landscape Design建筑设计, 室内设计, 园景设计 2011-2015

The Maldives is most commonly perceived as being a beautiful, pristine, and idyllic paradise destination. All this is true, especially in the best designed resorts. But it is a paradise created. The local people live in a delicate balancing act with nature, and are totally dependant on trade, technology, and tourism to sustain themselves.

Thus, when we were given an opportunity to design a Maldivian resort hotel, we chose to delight the senses through education, creating awareness, and new paradigms of interacting with the physical environment.

Here, paradise is emotionally and intellectually experienced and enjoyed, but with a profound awareness of the complex relationships of the eco systems being inhabited.

REDEFINING BAREFOOT LUXURY

The desire for Low Impact and High Experiential Return is completely defined by the economics of building and operating costs and this defines the physical design solution.

The desire for Low Impact and High Experiential Return is completely defined by the economics of building and operating costs and this defines the physical design solution.

However, luxury in our business concept is not conspicuous consumption but rather the intelligent and focused enjoyment of the beauties of nature without large numbers of people. Isolation and privacy in a remote setting has a higher price. The guest are rewarded not only with the barefoot luxury this brings about, but also by the enrichment of the senses and the heightened intellectual awareness of the habitats being occupied.

MASTERPLAN AND LANDSCAPE CONCEPT

The island is surrounded by a large ‘House Reef’, and is defined by several distinct ecological zones: Lagoon, beach, coastal and jungle. These zones become the basis of creating experiential programs that will guide the guests through their journey of discovery and awareness creation. 77 Villas are divided up into these experiential zones. Each zone has unique anchoring activities: The Lagoon zone has a water amphitheatre and a signature spa, the Beach zone two signature restaurants, the jungle zone has a nature discovery centre and a pop up cafe, the coastal zone has a dive centre and a signature bar.

Threading through these activities is an art trail where the seasonal work of artists in residence showcase pop up installations using found objects and locally sourced materials.

The landscape concept is quite simply the conservation of the existing island flora and fauna, and careful replacement of displaced plant material with locally sourced species from neighbouring islands.

Selective introduction of certain plant species, especially fruit trees, herbs, and salt resistant plants are made into the experiential zones to reinforce the programmatic activities, for example the edible garden activity, and the nature discovery trail.

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN

The architecture and interior design are treated as extensions of the primary concept driver: Nature itself.

The forms and spaces are derived from nature, and the juxtaposition of these forms against the variations of the primitive hut creates the architectural expression of the resort.

These family of forms constitute a nature inspired island village that encourages the guests to question, speculate and imagine the formal origins and thereby creates awareness.

Together with the nature discovery programs and activities, guests will surely imbibe the message with regards to the origins and preciousness of the island habitat.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

In order to cause minimum impact during construction and to minimise logistics and labor, a pre fabricated timber system was used as the preferred technology. This had the added advantage of being environmentally friendly because of it being a renewable resource, and adds to the eco awareness aspect of the resort.

Minimum use of concrete and steel, and maximum use of cross laminated wood technology also was expressed in the making of the various forms as a way of expressing the commitment to the environment.

GIVING BACK TO THE MALDIVES

In a strong demonstration of the resorts sensitivity not only to the environment but also to the people of the Maldives, maximum local labor was used, together with specialist contractors who imparted advanced timber technology skills to the labor force. Local craftsman were tapped to create arts and crafts for the interiors, and traditional methods of construction especially in landscape design was applied. In future operations, resort staff will be sourced from the surrounding islands to support those communities as well as ensuring authentic island hospitality.

“人间乐土”是这家豪华度假村的品牌理念,也是驱动着其发展的动力。引人入胜的建筑、室内设计和景观概念,体现出一种新的生态意识,与高贵典雅的生活方式意念并驾齐驱,相辅相成。度假村的体验性设计由四个生态区组成,分别是泻湖、沙滩、海岸和丛林。建筑形态分别从海洋动物、传统的马尔代夫纵帆船(Dhoni)和现代版本的原始小屋汲取灵感,室内设计则强调采用简单的材料配合卓越的手艺,以及经过修复的文物。至于景观设计的焦点,就落在体验环礁的自然生物多样性上。我们的目的是培养对环礁生态的认识,同时提供最不同凡响的“人间乐土”体验。

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