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.