The project consists of the design of a 5 stars Hotel & Spa on a lush peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and Fort-de-France Bay in Martinique, France.
The area is a wasteland where nature has reclaimed its land after the demolition of “Le Méridien”, a typical 70’s Resort Hotel made from concrete.
Our aim was to create a discreet and humble project at the opposite end of what Le Méridien symbolized as a modern architectural icon.
Our project, re-interpreting Caribbean architecture particularities, slips smoothly into the region by centering around the existing vegetation to blend with nature.
Made of timber structures and scorched wooden façades, the decomposition of the project into particles allows it to fit harmoniously into the peninsula. The roofs are oriented and designed to intersperse between the line of natural relief and the canopy of royal palms.
This gentle insertion magnifies the nature of the site and is a resilient answer to significant climatic and seismic local constraints. Source by Kengo Kuma and Associates.
- Location: Pointe du Bout, Martinique, France
- Architect: Kengo Kuma and Associates
- Project team: Matthieu Wotling, Jean-Charles Canas, Marika Maione, Alban Altier, Borja Martinez, Ivana Jordanovska, Yohei Mochizuki
- Interior Design: RDAI
- General Engineering: BERIM
- Façade: Elioth
- Landscape Engineer: LBD PAYSAGES
- Economist: AE75
- Acoustic: AVA
- Timber Structure: AKTII (Competition and SD)
- Mechanicals & Sustainability: HILSON MORAN (Competition)
- Client: Société HPB – Hôtel de la Pointe du Bout
- Area: 8,500 m2
- Year: 2021-2024
- Images: LUXIGON, Kengo Kuma & Associates