Originally built by a Portuguese family in 1975, this golf resort now houses 37 brand new apartments, luxury villas, a clubhouse and a Michelin-starred restaurant. The redevelopment enhances the natural environment by keeping the structures spread out and incorporating sustainable and energy efficient elements.
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Now known as Palmares Ocean Living & Golf, the property has been redesigned by RCR Arquitectes, an award-winning Spanish firm. The designers wanted to create a harmony between the houses, the vast golf course and the ocean. Each of the property’s unique structures offers protected ocean views, and thanks to the open layout, each villa or apartment has equal access to the surroundings.
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According to Rafael Aranda, director and co-founder of RCR Arquitectes, the social highlight of the project centers around the resort’s clubhouse, designed to bring residents together. “We created the Palmares houses not as objects implanted in the environment, but as spaces integrated into the topography, framing the landscape,” Aranda said. “Signature apartments are built with a unique relationship to the natural surroundings outside, creating a sense of privilege in this exceptional setting. It’s a feeling that runs through every home, connecting people to the place in a very special way.
The property’s residences have been rated “Very Good” under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sustainability accreditation. Along with a design that takes advantage of natural light to reduce energy bills, each of the 37 apartments includes water-efficient appliances. During construction, the architects focused on responsibly sourced materials.
Palmares Ocean Living & Golf is located within walking distance of the beach in the southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve. The property is in the district of Faro, which was once home to a number of fishing villages scattered along low cliffs and sandy beach coves in the 1960s, now one of the most popular tourist areas from the country.
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