A tropical contemporary hideout to live and experience
This is the Village Center building, part of a broader complex called Playa Bonita Marina and Residences at Samaná, located at the north east shore of the Dominican Republic.
As it lays before a 210 meter-long water front, where the yachts park to meet a number of services after having sailed the Caribbean warm waters, the Village Center is discovered among Samana’s exuberant nature through a channel that connects the sea shore with Playa Bonita complex inland.
It has been designed by D’Alessandro & Forero as a facility that could offer an exclusive tropical residential experience together with a lively marina commercial circuit housing a number of world-class restaurants and designer stores. Architects Jesus D’Alessandro and Daniel Forero have managed to create this relaxed yet fancy tropical atmosphere where to stay.
The idea was to respond sensibly to the site’s flora as the body of the building is segmented for its parts to merge with the horizon and the green along a curved trajectory that welcomes the yachts. A main outdoor corridor space along the bay façade provides the sense of integration with nature that the designers pursue, as well as it is a mean of transition between outside and inside. Such outdoor corridor communicates a series of canopies and sitting areas that complement an outer balcony experience where people can stay and have a refreshing drink or order a-la-carte any time of the day.
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