Overlooking the Adriatic sea this seaside plot is situated only 15 minutes walking distance away from the historical center of Split, Croatia. The one ha property will be developed as an extension to the adjacent existing Radisson Blu Hotel complex with predominantly serviced rooms and serviced apartments. According to these proposed real estate typologies the open space program was layed out with special regards to a diversity in spatial qualities, offering generosity as well as places for retreat, visual connections, optimised route layouts for guests and service and provision of short and easy connections to the beach and surroundings while implementing unobstrusive access control mechanisms.
The hotel garden lies between two buildings on different levels, stepping down towards the coast and connecting the hotel with beach. The resulting terraces offer on one hand a continuous approach to the water and developing a series of different spatial qualities, while also housing the hotel garage, situated underneath. In order to avoid minimal substrate depths for plants the footprint of the terraces is slightly shifted compared to the footprints of the different garage levels. This creates pockets holding enough substrate to let larger trees thrive.
The design concept reacts to this spatial framework with the topic of mediterranean coastal typologies. A predominantly arid yet reduced elegant mediterranean vegetation is used for the upper pool terrace which offers the best views over the adriatic sea. The subsequent terraces develop a more and more lush sub tropical experience with dense green vegetation, small paths and secluded resting zones.
A central infinity pool acts as the connecting element with a broad waterfall emerging into lower lush areas. This flow is enhanced by a corresponding flow of paths and structural elements leading towards the beach.