Porto Senso

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The site is unique, a preserved place, set in a pine forest that descends gently to a little pleasure port on the sea.
300 dwellings are inserted terrace-like into the landscape. The terraces are formed of traditional stone walls known as "bancales" that merge with the natural topography. A continuous layer of plantings covers the entire site.
Each apartment is unique and offers framed views toward the mountains and the sea. The apartments are cross ventilated to capture the sea breezes. Spa facilities covered by light tent structures are set into the pine forest. In the pleasure port, small shops are set into the jetty behind large overhead doors.
The hotel dominates the site like a fortress over looking the sea.

STATUS Unbuilt; 2006-2009
LOCATION Altea, Spain
CLIENT Zontoga, S.A.
ARCHITECT TEAM Jean NOUVEL, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
LOCAL ARCHITECTS Ribas & Ribas Arquitectos
CONSULTANT AJN Emmanuel Blamont

PROJECT LEADER Damien RENCHON, Eric STEPHANY
ARCHITECTS Kora BOTTGER, Vanesa COCA, Pedro DINIS RODRIGUES, Damien FARAUT, Joan Pau GOMEZ, Matthieu HONORAT, Arnold LAMOULIE, Joel MEILAND, Mathieu PUYAUBREAU, Gonzalo RUIZ, Victor SANCHEZ, Gemma SERRA, Carolina TEVES DE OLIVEIRA, Julie TSE, Fina URPI
MODELS TORT maquetista
ENGINEERS
Building services and structure: Nolac, S.A.
Facade: Biosca y botey
Quantity surveyor: Jose-Miguel Cortés
TYPE OF COMMISSION Full design services
PROGRAM 317 luxury apartments (35 400 m2) , a 5* hotel (7440 m2), restaurants, spas, retail and marina
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GROSS FLOOR AREA 42 840 m2