the pritzker architecture prize winning team at RCR arquitectes sculpts a monumental and faceted palmares clubhouse overlooking the shores of algarve, portugal. realized in red concrete to suggest a continuation of its coastal landscape, the clubhouse marks the first building completed by the catalonian studio as part of the larger palmares ocean living & golf resort, alongside its hotel and residential villas. the project introduces a grand and welcoming place of gathering, opening outward to face the distant atlantic ocean. beautifully recalling a work of landform architecture, the overlapping rooftops suggest a series of tectonic plates emerging from the coastal slope.
images courtesy of palmares ocean living & golf
RCR arquitectes worked closely with owner and operator kronos investment group in realizing the palmares ocean living clubhouse. the building expresses clear influence from the unique natural landscape, defined by the combination of vast expanses of land, ocean and sky. the design team’s approach fits beautifully with kronos’ emphasis on sustainability and environmental integration and the company’s deep-rooted respect for nature. kronos investment group partner and CEO saïd hejal comments ‘we are delighted with how RCR arquitectes have blended the textures and tones of the landscape into the architecture at palmares. the lushness of the coastal environment is encapsulated perfectly, from the gently sloping terrain to the rich depth of the colours.’
with its palmares clubhouse, the team at RCR arquitectes aims to introduce an integration of architecture and lifestyle. the studio develops its designs to connect people with their homes and the natural environment around them, creating a delightfully immersive living experience. RCR arquitectes principle & co-founder rafael aranda continues: ‘we have created the homes at palmares not as objects implanted into the environment, but as spaces embedded into the topography, framing the landscape. the signature apartments are built with a unique relationship with the external natural environment, creating a feeling of privilege in this exceptional setting. it’s a feeling that flows throughout each home, connecting people to the place in a very special way.’
project title: palmares clubhouse
architecture: RCR arquitectes
developer: kronos investment group
location: algarve, portugal