Life & CultureLuxury Developments Around the World

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Arts & Collections taps into the world’s most exciting luxury developments, whose unique selling points include deluxe wellness services, eco-friendly schemes and groundbreaking architecture.

Luxury developments are popping up in sensational locations across the globe, directly targeting high net worth individuals. But these new projects will have to bring something new to the table in order to successfully entice such a particular crowd.

Costa Palmas

East Cape, Los Cabos, Mexico

The esteemed Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Irongate—a full service real estate development firm—have partnered up to create a deluxe development on the pristine shores of eastern Baja in Mexico. Set upon the Sea of Cortés, the Costa Palmas presents a refreshingly new perspective on luxury living. The recent project features a low-density layout that’s spread across several lavishly designed buildings.

The collection of oceanfront, marine-side and golf-side residences are blessed with unmatched views of the picturesque surroundings. Organic farms, orchards and an estuary are dotted throughout the 1,000-acre resort. Aside from its numerous pools, extensive five-star dining, full service spa and progressive fitness centre, Costa Palmas also has a Robert Trent Jones II signature 18-hole golf course for residents and lovers of golf to enjoy.

Plus, inhabitants can benefit from the exclusive beach and yacht club that is attached to the facility. The extensive grounds are connected to an adjacent yachting marina that accommodates vessels of up to 250 feet long.

Luxury developments. Image courtesy Costa Palmas.
Image courtesy Costa Palmas.

The Stage

London, England

An iconic 37-storey architectural landmark will be constructed in London’s funky Shoreditch district; the project is destined for completion between 2020 and 2021. The mixed-use scheme will combine deluxe residential apartments with retail, commercial and performing arts spaces. The luxe building has been developed around the remains of the Curtain Theatre, which dates back to 1577.

The Curtain was supposedly the original venue to host William Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet (1597) and the premiere of Henry V (1599). Through painstaking preservation, the remains of the Elizabethan playhouse are being transformed into an amphitheatre and heritage pavilion. This will form the focal centrepiece of the development, highlighting London’s rich and unrivalled history.

Victorian rail viaducts will form the main infrastructure of the boutique shops below and the balconies above. The development will also provide top-notch lifestyle facilities including residents’ private screening room, games lounge, bowling lanes, gym, salon, spa, treatment suite and business centre. In order to combat the lack of green spaces in the district, The Stage will be supplied with several public gardens. The 32nd floor sky lounge and alfresco terrace will provide the ultimate reprieve for residents wishing to take stock of the bustling city below.

Luxury Developments. Image courtesy Galliard Homes.
Image courtesy Galliard Homes.

Jardim, Chelsea

New York, USA

Jardim is a two-tower building situated on West 27th Street in New York designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. The newly constructed building credits its warm appearance to the core materials used in its inception. One of the stepped volumes of Jardim is crafted from richly coloured brick.

The other is fashioned from textured concrete, which has been imprinted with wooden planks. Latticed wood screens add a tactile element to the site. Thirty-six residences inhabit the two buildings, whose bases are surrounded by lush gardens. Nature is at the core of Weinfeld’s design—hence the allocated name ‘Jardim’, which translates to ‘garden’ in Portuguese.

Greenery cascades down the architectural structure, providing a sense of serenity and a sanctuary for wildlife. Five two-bedroom residences offer expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that open onto shady corner terraces. The penthouses within the development incorporate incredible detail and precision, each is provided with abundant outdoor space. Deluxe facilities at Jardim include an elegantly illuminated indoor pool, 24-hour lobby service, fitness studios, massage treatment rooms, steam room and sauna, children’s playroom and diverse event spaces.

Royal Atlantis Residences

Palm jumeirah, Dubai

Work on the Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences started almost four years ago. Finally, it is expected to welcome guests come late 2019. The ambitious project, which caters to the super rich, almost resembles a colossal Jenga tower. Its apartment blocks appear as though they are suspended in mid-air.

The impressive structure reaches heights of 193 metres, providing spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. Residents will also benefit from the sight of Dubai’s famous cityscape across the bay. The development consists of 10 hectares of land, 231 residences and 795 guest rooms and suites.

A standout feature in the resort is the all-day sky pool, which residents are free to use at their leisure. In fact, the project houses over 90 swimming pools in total. The finest facilities will be provided, such as a 24-hour concierge, a  private beach club and a selection of spas, gyms and fine dining eateries. ‘The development will become the new landmark of Dubai and will support the “Dubai Plan 2021” in positioning it as one of the best places to live in the world,’ says Issam Galadari, director of Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences.

Luxury Developments. Image property of the Royal Atlantis Residences.
Image property of the Royal Atlantis Residences.

This feature first appeared in Arts & Collections Volume 3, 2018. Click here to view the digital version of the magazine. 

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