Six Senses Spa and Resort
Ihabela, Sao Sebastio Island
The Six Senses Spa and Resort is a masterplan for 200 villas and resort amenities on a 1,000 Hectare (10, 0000,000 SM) Site in Ilhabela, Portuguese for “Beautiful Place” on the Island of Sao Sebastiano in Brazil, the largest island of an archipelago of islands that are part of Ilhabela The concept was to create a low carbon approach that would create minimal disturbance to this virgin Atlantic Forest hillside site facing the Atlantic Ocean. The design focuses on creating a villa typologies that are based on modules that can be prefabricated off site with sustainable and renewable materials which can be constructed without the need for roadways and cranes with the exception of minimal access paths to allow for passenger, service and emergency vehicles to navigate the site. The villas recall the architecture and spatial layouts of the original native population, the Tupinambas who named this island “Ciribar” meaning “Tranquil Place.” Natural infrastructure for sewage, water collection and distribution, Renewable energy and waste disposal will be used to create an eco- resort that will be a model of development. The site is connected to two beaches and will have a marina to engage in water related recreational activities. The amenities will include a spa, restaurants with organic produce grown on site and facilities to support water activities, hiking, horseback riding and engagement conference facilities that will multitask as studios for art and cultural activities as well as a library, yoga and meditation rooms.
Client: Six Senses Resorts
Design Principal: Christopher Groesbeck, Nan Zhou and Marcos Leite Bastos
Services: Planning, Architecture, Interiors
Status: Construction delayed due to current COVID crisis.
Situation:Sao Sebastio Island, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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