Andy Fisher Workshop designs luxury resort with dwp in Central Vietnam
The Westin Resort and Spa Cam Ranh will be among the first international brand-operated resorts to be developed on Cam Ranh Bay.
Designed by Andy Fisher workshop, with dwp Vietnam acting as local architect of record, the resort will comprise 250 guestrooms, 80 villas, a spa and five restaurants on a 26-hectare beachfront site. The design developed an organic language in response to the dramatic coastal dune topography.
Arrival at the resort will bring guests through a dune valley to the main arrival point where they are treated to a series of vistas looking down through the site to the sea beyond.
Maximising these spectacular ocean and mountain views, the buildings are designed to gently sit within the landscape. The guestrooms all afford spectacular views whilst the pool villas, nestled in the dunes, have planted roofs to minimise their visual impact.
The main public facilities are located around the entrances in the upper part of the site. The spa is buried beneath the dunes to offer a contrasting environment from the exposed dune landscape above.
A network of pathways works its way through the site bringing guests down by foot or by buggy towards the villa zones and beachfront facilities. The character of the existing sand dunes along the beachfront is retained to further reduce the visual impact of the resort from the beach itself.
Gabions, rammed earth walls and brick rain-screens are blended to provide low-tech, high labour solutions aimed at offering local communities the chance to benefit from the project, at the same time offering guests a unique sense of place. Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2011.
This project is a joint venture between Andy Fisher Workshop and dwp