Merging shapes and function


Project: Moonbay Spa
Location: Macao (China)
Designed by GBPA and GaS Architects

The entire project of the luxury resort is dominated by the idea of the relationship between man and nature.

The Milanese studio GBPA loves playing away and its offices are not only in Milan, but also in Beijing and San Paolo. The owners, Antonio Gioli and Federica De Leva, have been spreading their “Italian style” all over the world for almost 10 years.
Especially in China, we can state that GBPA put down roots, and thanks to this well-established presence, last December, the GBPA team was asked to project a 70.000 sqm luxury resort in the South of China.
The project was started  just before Christmas and given the great amount of work and the limited time, GBPA has been sharing the project with GaS Studio, an architectural company with international experience and managed by André Straja, Giacomo Sicuro and Lenka Lodo.
The concept phase was completed in January, thanks to an efficient exchange of ideas; now the team is working on the design development phase.
The construction is due to start in April-May 2014.
The overall project is inspired by a division of the space in hexagonal and pentagonal cells, according to Voronoi’s idea.
Merging shapes and function, these cells host a large SPA surrounded by small villas for private treatments, a hotel and a residence composed by three towers.
The entire project is dominated by the idea of the relationship between man and nature.
The SPA blossoms from the ground like a flower, expressing in this way its close relationship with the environment: it is composed by a central body and three large pentagonal petals.
The green flat roof not only is thought to be a functional space, but its shapes and colour also link it with the surrounding territory.
Given all that, water, prime element for life, could not be left out: the SPA, surrounded by green areas, includes also a swimming pool and an entertainment area with a water park and a private club.
Both the towers and the hotel, surrounded by a large green area and by an entertainment park, set down on a single plate which links the entire complex. Unlike the SPA, which is a continuum with the nature, these two buildings show man’s intervention, even thought they can adapt with the territory that is hosting them.