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Six Senses, Con Dao Island, Vietnam

Friday 29 Apr 2011

The end of the world

Daniel Moulinet for AW² 
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AW² architecture workshop create a five star eco-resort in the South of Vietnam 

The new Six Senses resort at Con Dao is designed to enhance the amazing local setting. The white strip of sand and its dunes against the dark rocks and forest are kept as the main features and all buildings and circulations are designed to make for beautiful views and a permanent discovery of the landscape. The main arrival at high level and over the river takes you into a series of timber frame buildings - restaurants, bar, swimming pool - organised around large stepped terraces over the beach, leading to the main wooden bridge across the river and into the rolling sand dunes. The public terraces have ‘market place' pavilions, a restaurant with its separate dining rooms, all with sea and beach views. 39 suites and 15 villas make up the five star eco-resort.

A wooden pedestrian bridge takes guests across the river bed which flows down from the mountain to the sea. This is a main feature of the resort, as it creates both a beautiful promenade and a stunning vantage point. It leads into the sand dunes where all the villas are planned. The architecture of the resort carries through the same philosophy: achieve both a unique built environment and enhance the amazing natural setting. Each building is designed carefully as a timber frame structure, located carefully within the natural slope of the dunes to make for the best views and the best integration of the built elements into the site. The ‘flying' roofs give a lightness to the overall, it opens the front of the buildings towards the sea view, and creates a shaded area at the front with its pool and sundecks.

In all, AW² architecture workshop want the resort to achieve a feel of luxury at ‘the end of the world', where both exclusivity and environment are joined into one unforgettable guest experience.

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