Nestled between Alvor, Lagos and Ponta da Piedade in the western Algarve, Palmares Ocean Living & Golf is surrounded by nature, from the gently murmuring Atlantic with its sandy shore to the rich oranges and browns of the earth and the lushness of the myriad shades of green in the local vegetation.
For Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes, who are working with owner and operator Kronos Investment Group, it was this unique natural landscape that served as the inspiration behind the design of the homes at Palmares Ocean Living. The architects were delighted by the vast expanses of land, ocean and sky that combine to deliver such a special natural environment. Their approach fits beautifully with Kronos’ emphasis on sustainability and environmental integration and the company’s deep-rooted respect for nature.
“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.” – Saïd Hejal, Partner and CEO, Kronos Investment Group
RCR Arquitectes has designed a range of different homes and facilities at Palmares Ocean Living & Golf. Most recently, the firm has applied its expertise to the design of 37 new Signature Apartments and a luxury villa, along with a stunning Clubhouse, which serves as a focal point for the entire resort and is home to Michelin-starred Executive Chef Louis Anjos.
“The Resort Clubhouse is the social part of the Palmares project and is one that brings together, with all its intensity, each of the concepts that we have incorporated. The different spaces have their uniqueness and their landscape frameworks, which, together with the interstitial outdoor spaces, create a unique experience. It is the perfect place to pass the time.” – Rafael Aranda, Principle & Co-Founder, RCR Arquitectes
The interplay of architecture and lifestyle was a key element for the prize-winning architects. They have used their designs to connect people with their homes and the natural environment around them, creating a delightfully immersive living experience.
The low density of construction, at just 5.7%, forges an exceptional harmony between the homes, the golf course and the ocean. Strict construction parameters have protected sea views, ensuring that each villa or apartment has the opportunity to benefit individually from the stunning surroundings.
Homes at Palmares Ocean Living & Golf have been developed to achieve a VERY GOOD rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sustainability accreditation framework. This means that each apartment enjoys features such as good daylight exposure, privileged natural and sea views and water-saving appliances, while construction methods source materials responsibly and deliver zero NOx local emissions.
Apartments at Palmares are priced from €400,000. They include annual membership for two people to the resort’s 27-hole golf course, designed by renowned American architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.
“Life at Palmares Ocean Living is about experiencing the best, from Michelin-grade food and world-class golf to the incredible natural environment in which the resort sits. We wanted the homes available here to reflect that commitment to luxury and to excellence, while also reducing their environmental footprint, and that is precisely what RCR Arquitectes has delivered. We are excited to welcome new owners to such beautiful properties.” – Saïd Hejal, Partner and CEO, Kronos Investment Group