Nature & Future
6 November 2017
Conceived as the ultimate luxury residential proposition in Asia, MontAzure is a mixed-use residential resort development stretching over 454 Rai (180 acres/73 hectares) of mountain to oceanside land on Phuket’s central west coast at Kamala beach. Latitudes has met its Architect, Martin Palleros, from Tierra Design.
The full vision for the development includes a protected forest nature reserve, an international hotel, ultra luxury private estates, beach facilities, an upscale lifestyle and retail centre, a medical wellness spa and the launch of Kamala Senior Living, a new benchmark of luxury senior living village was recently announced.
Providing synergy with global luxury resort and leisure brands, to offer guests, residents and visitors an unrivalled island experience, the development is now well under way and received the award for Best Mixed Use Development and for Sustainable Development at the Thailand Property Awards 2017.
Twinpalms Residences MontAzure, a unique, integrated beachfront resort and residential community in Phuket’s last remaining prime west coast location, just steps from the pristine sands at Kamala Beach, has been designed by Tierra Design.
Describing itself as a highly-motivated, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural design practice with a focus on the quality – not quantity – of projects undertaken, Tierra Design was founded by Architect Martin Palleros in 1992.
Graduated from the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires (Argentina) with a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Florida International University in Miami (USA), Martin leads the design team to ensure Tierra Design philosophy gets followed in each of the projects that Tierra is undertaking.
He is renowned for his design vocabulary, which extends across architecture, landscape design, master planning and interiors, with the highest respect for ecological sensitivity, a nely honed sense of aesthetics and an unerring instinct for realizing the potential of a spectacular natural setting.
His style and holistic approach between architecture and landscape design has received international recognition from clients and his peers.
Martin, what was special with this MontAzure project from your point of view?
We started working doing the masterplan for the whole project MontAzure. It is a very special site. It’s quite distinctive because it combines a beach, some at lands but also beautiful hills with some parts of primary forest with magni cent trees and creeks… So, from the very beginning, we saw the potential to build a very unique community with opportunities for di erent people to get various experiences and enjoy the beautiful nature.
We wanted to create a community. That’s why we targeted different groups, to have a mix of people and a variety of properties: villas with sea view, condos, retirement housing… That was the basics of the project and we were appointed to do the architecture and the landscape. We designed the master plan and various components of the project like MontAzure Twinpalms beach condo, but part of the land is also sold to other developers. The first stage of this very large project, The MontAzure Residences, will be finished next year.
It is not your first project with Twinpalms…
I started to work with Twinpalms about 15 years ago, with the hotel, which opened almost 12 years ago, and we developed a long-time relationship. Since then, we have been doing many projects in Phuket for them, like Catch Beach Club, Palm Seaside restaurant, more recently HQ. We also did a condominium project on the east coast called Baan Yamu…
Tierra Design is a small design company. We target more “boutique clients”, people we know from many years. But we also expand and work on bigger resorts, such as with Hyatt in Bali.
The emphasis at Tierra Design is on high-end residential resorts, for which we provide this holistic approach to design. We specialize in architecture and landscape, that is a particularly relevant combination in this part of the world, where these two disciplines are very important when it comes to designing a resort: it’s all about the experience, both inside and outside…
When we say holistic, it means we start the design process with a balance of architecture and landscape in mind from day 1, de ning the spaces and carefully manipulating the relationship between the buildings and the landscape to create a unique experience. MontAzure, of course, wanted some components, but they were very open and receptive to our ideas.
How would you define your style?
I don’t really want to position myself in a style, I would say we work on contemporary solutions and each project will come up with a specific design depending on the location and the context. In the case of MontAzure, I would say it’s a contemporary tropical style. The aim was to maximize the views and the experience with the beach. We try to build memorable spaces which people will remember, so the design is timeless, not fashionable. Our design tends to be more simple, to create an experience rather than an elaborate response to a building.
This simplicity then also allows more flexibility in the decoration… One way to make the project conceptual to the site is to look at the material from each particular place. We try to respond by using local materials or which make reference to the history. What is truely unique with this project is the large number of open spaces and greenery…
MontAzure is positioned at the luxury end of the tourism and second home investment market and offers an evolution in design, lifestyle and environmental integrity. It is envisaged as an exclusive community that will consist of the following elements:
- 13 luxurious ocean view estates
- 75 luxury freehold beachfront condominiums
- 3 private beach club facilities
- A world-class internationally branded anchor resort
- Internationally branded public beach club
- Lifestyle retail centre
- Eco-sustainable hillside resort
- Medical wellness resort
- Hotel branded hillside villas
- Retirement and assisted living village
- Mid-range condominiums
- Adventure & hiking trails
- Protected forest reserve