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< projects list -- BEACH CLUB RESORT - SOUTH AMERICA - This Beach Club Resort, designed for an undisclosed site in South America, is composed of thirty single-family custom homes, a sixteen room boutique hotel, restaurant, bar, spa, and twenty town homes arranged within five, free-standing pavilions. The architecture embraces the rich tradition of this region’s modernism, while also engaging in a robust dialogue with this stunning 7.4-hectare beachfront site. Simplicity, elegance, and restraint give priority to an atmosphere of meditation and tranquility, establishing direct contact with the sea. The thirty single-family homes are generated from four uniquely different floor plans. Each plan is an arrangement of diaphanous pavilions organized around a central courtyard. Indoor and outdoor living is orchestrated by balancing views with privacy, communal space with intimacy. Sliding pocket doors, along with a continuity of form and material, facilitates the integration of interior and exterior space. One edge of the courtyard is delineated by a wall of indigenous stone, which provides privacy, while also extending the eye towards the ocean view. An infinity edge pool is the focus of outdoor activities and provides a passive cooling system, reflecting the subtle variations in the sky and surrounding landscape. The hotel, restaurant, and spa are contained within separate pavilions organized around a central pool. Upon arrival, a dramatic cantilevered roof, forming the porte-cochere and entry, initiates a sequence of movement through a series of dynamic spaces. Under this roof, a continuous, open walkway, defined by a stone wall, provides the first glimpse of the ocean in the distance. The entry to the hotel is an open three-story volume, with the reception desk to one side and a lounge/ snooker room on the opposite side. A sculpted, linear staircase is the centerpiece of this space, allowing the visitor to enjoy the movement of people. The hotel rooms on the top two floors are single-loaded, allowing an ocean view from each room. The primary materials were selected to root the buildings to the site and to reinforce a sense of place. The indigenous stone walls connect the building to the history and culture of the site. The rendered stucco planes, steel, and glass provide a sense of modernism. Movable, slatted screens made from rice husk, salt, and mineral oils provide the users with the means to orchestrate light and privacy.
HORST ARCHITECTS      by fusing logic with imagination, truth with discovery, we bring transcendent environments to real-world situations.
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