Office of Lou Arencibia has been commissioned to lead the landscape design for a 5 Start Hotel Resort in the Caribbean. The design seeks to reinforce multi-modal connections from an existing pedestrian-oriented town center to a proposed beachfront site. A lushly planted street pulls the pedestrian up and over an existing underpass where the entire site becomes an accessible space overlooking the sea. From the elevated podium, a sloping plane is then sliced and terraced to create multiple levels. As the user steps down through the space nature reveals itself enhancing visual and physical connections to water and programmatic elements.
Key elements of the design include a hotel and residential pool deck, beach bar, children play garden, dive sports facility, beach cabanas, hammock garden, and a sunken outdoor performance area.