In an ethereal landscape at the edge of desert and sea, this new resort and spa is framed within the founding principles of one of the most timeless and influential civilizations. Simultaneously establishing itself on the landscape, and receding into it the design plays the counterpoints of presence and absence, the references of above, below and in-between: establishing balance. Formally, it is a reversion to geometric primitives that is resonant with the Euclidean landscape of the desert and allows for a timeless monumentality. Here the topographic transition from the desert dunescape to the beach stays true to the ancient vernacular traditions of in-earth building, having a reverence for the landscape, and the materials of the region. The discrete and select carvings on the earth provide opportunities for drama and surprise. Hence gardens, pools, public spaces and meditative areas are all found in the interstitial spaces at the gathering of program. There is interplay of solid and void, with a reduction and clarification towards a silent monumentality. Designing with the most primitive as well as the latest construction techniques and materials from the most advanced scientific study the illusion is pushed just within limits of reality. A vibrant dialogue between built form and landscape, inspired by, and in awe of the power of the desert. Τhe project received the Jury Winner award at the Architizer A+ Award gala in Miami, USA, May 2016.
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