FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London, August 2009
WATG has unveiled the architectural designs for La Tourelle Ocean View Villas on the island of Mauritius. Comprised of 26 luxury mountain-side villas and a residents' club on a 10-hectare (25-acre) site, the resort's villas will each have generous living areas, en-suite bedrooms, and an infinity pool.
The villas will be set on 2,000 to 4,000-square-meter plots to give owners a sense of seclusion. The living spaces have been designed with a strong connection to the outdoor decks and pool, while every room will have an unobstructed view of the ocean. Living rooms will open directly onto private pools; the breeze flowing over the infinity pool will be one of many passive sustainability options used to cool the interior spaces. The residents’ club will provide 24-hour concierge services and will house a lounge, restaurant, gym, spa, lap pool, events lawn and yoga pavilion. Double-height spaces will create a dramatic entrance with views out to the Indian Ocean.
The contemporary architectural style of La Tourelle will incorporate traditional materials such as local stone, slate and wood. Large areas of glazing which provide for unobstructed views are protected from the sun by horizontal timber slats and expansive roof overhangs that will cool the living spaces sustainably while also providing for open living that maximizes views.
WATG's design proposal incorporated the following sustainable design elements:
• Low-water dual-flush toilets along with domestic appliances and sensor taps designed to reduce levels of water consumption by residents. Grey-water systems will recover waste water from baths, sinks and showers and will be used to irrigate landscaped gardens. Rainwater will be used to fill pools and ponds and serve to feed ground water.
• Non-chlorine based pool systems. Swimming pools will be operated through the use of ionization and oxidation technologies, which use electricity to sanitize the water.
• Landscape design features such as pervious paving that will reduce rain water run-off.
• Employing local builders and tradesmen during the construction phase of the project. The development will not only provide a source of income for them but also training in innovative and sustainable construction methods.
WATG has a legacy of environmentally sensitive planning, architecture and design. A hallmark of WATG is its sensitivity to the influences of the local culture, the natural resources, the people and the spirit of the place. From its offices in London, Seattle, Irvine, Honolulu, Orlando and Singapore, WATG has designed hotels and resorts in 160 countries and territories across six continents. For more information, visit www.watg.com.
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