DEVELOPMENTS - July 2012 report
The highest level of luxury
A US$3.5 billion luxury resort located in Nassau, the Bahamas, is slated to open in late 2014. Spreading across an area of 400ha, Baha Mar will be the largest ever single-phase resort development in Caribbean and the only one of its kind in the western hemisphere.
Providing more than 2,200 new hotel rooms, Baha Mar will house three renowned hotel brands – Rosewood, Mondrian and Grand Hyatt – as well as the new Baha Mar Casino Hotel. What’s more, the upcoming resort will include 307 exclusive, ultra-luxurious residential condominiums and villas, available for private ownership.
This upcoming resort, gaming and entertainment complex will encompass comprehensive features – a 100,000 sq-ft casino, a combined 200,000 sq-ft of convention facilities, 200,000 sq-ft of retail and entertainment spaces as well as a planned 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. An ‘Eco Water Park’, pools and three spas, meanwhile, will be set along one kilometre of the beach.
An organic sweep
With a proposal that expands the traditional corporate headquarters to an urban scale blending business and manufacturing uses with lifestyle and residential components, Woods Bagot will be designing a 400ha mixed-use development along the Liuxi River in Guangzhou.
A sweeping physical form unifies the site of China Southern Airport City, which is organised into three precincts, serving business, cultural, and entertainment uses, as well as Southern Airlines University. The centrepiece – an executive complex featuring offices, a five-star hotel and VIP club overlooking a lake – is highlighted by a bend in the river. Manufacturing, operations and research facilities form the second precinct to the northwest while residential and lifestyle neighbourhoods compose the third along the riverfront.
Here, the landscape and vista are further enhanced by bold sculptural landforms. Each landscape is rendered with a unique indigenous flowering tree to distinguish the neighbourhoods and celebrate the rich Chinese garden palette. Restoration zones like a new freshwater wetlands and necklace of lakes are also incorporated, for the purpose of cleansing stormwater and repairing site ecology.
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