2007 HD Awards, Best Unbuilt Project
In the remote and northernmost part of the Dominican Republic lays the peninsula of Samana, secluded with untouched archaic beauty.
GRAFT was asked to design a luxurious resort and spa complex in a very lush and steeply sloped valley here that opens singularly to the ocean. The decision was made to keep the valley floor with its Palmeraie untouched and pure and to develop the architecture nestled and grafted into the northern hillside, looking out onto an unspoiled landscape and ocean.
A rhizome of hotel suites, connected through funiculars with a reception area at the bottom, stretch out over the valley slope. Equipped with private pools, each suite has a spectacular view over the valley and the ocean with its dramatically hued sunsets.
Johannes Jakubeit, Michael Rapp, Sascha Ganske, Stephanie Bünau, Leo Kocan, Lennart Wiechell, Sven Fuchs, Nikolas Krause, Helge Lezius