Monday, 10 March 2014

La Plage D’hôtel du Pacifique by Kristin Green Architects

Ever since I came across these photographs by Peter Bennetts of the complex La Plage D’hôtel du Pacifique that I have been mesmerised by the poetic beauty of the buildings designed by Australian architect Kristin Green. Located along the South Pacific coast of the island of Vanuatu, the incomplete concrete buildings of 18 villas, a restaurant, a swimming pool and a spa conjure an eerie sense of ruin and an idea of abandoned temples.

Drawing inspiration from diverse architectural influences (ranging from the ancient Roman baths at Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli that served as a model for the swimming pool to the Modernist minimalism of Oscar Niemeyer for the sweeping staircases and pervading angularities), Green designed each building with a series of geometric arches and recesses carved out of intersecting walls and colonnades that allow for ventilation and fluid circulation. At the same time, the layout of the units creates a barrier against strong winds and cyclones that resembles a dilapidated fortress seamlessly blending with nature.

Photographs © Peter Bennetts

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