AECOM creates village landscape for a Park Hyatt Resort in Mallorca

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AECOM has completed the landscape architecture of the Park Hyatt Mallorca, a new luxury resort set within the Cap Vermell Estate. Open this month, it is the first Park Hyatt Resort in Europe and the first Hyatt Hotel in Mallorca, providing 142 guest rooms and 16 uniquely designed suites. Recreational facilities will include swimming pools, a fitness centre and a luxury spa.

The landscape architecture of the five-hectare resort, set in an area of natural beauty, reflects the style of traditional Mallorcan hillside villages and farmhouses. The design draws on the native landscape to sensitively blend the site with the surrounding mountainous region on the north east coast of the island. In addition to landscape architecture, AECOM collaborated on the delivery of the masterplan for the Park Hyatt Mallorca, and provided economic and cost consultancy.

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Responding to the architectural vision for the buildings, which were designed by DSA Architects International, AECOM’s approach was to marry the built environment with the natural flora and vegetation of the island. An important aspect of the landscape design was to merge the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces, so that guests perceive the private outdoor areas outside their rooms as an extension of the interior. AECOM worked closely with the architects to position the buildings, creating interesting spaces to showcase planting and attractive public spaces. There is also a central water feature in the piazza between the reception, bakery and tapas bar.

The dramatic and steep topography of the site has been retained, with the hotel buildings positioned across three main terraces. Terracing was a strong design direction from the early stages of the project and additional smaller terraces typical of traditional Mallorcan hilltop settlements are scattered across the development. A key feature of the hotel’s landscape architecture is a cascading stream that runs through the site, closely following the route that a river would follow. In the central piazza at the heart of the development is a prominent clock tower, which is a visible focus point throughout the site.

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Blending the natural and built environment was integral to the landscaping. Natural plants including native pines, Holm oaks and vertical Cypress trees have been introduced across the site to blend the development with its surrounding scenery. This natural planting allows the native landscape to harmoniously merge with the edges of the development, helping place the buildings within the existing natural terrain.

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The detailed planting design is more ornamental, reflecting the region’s strong agricultural past. Clusters of buildings that will house hotel guests help to create the hillside village feel. Each cluster features one of Mallorca’s fruit-bearing trees, including lemon, fig, almond, and olive trees. The landscape design replicates the island’s traditional village hillside farms, where buildings are typically surrounded by orchards.

Ashley Scott, Principal Director, AECOM, said: “By introducing traditional agricultural landscaping, the Park Hyatt Mallorca sensitively reflects an important part of the island’s history. The site successfully recreates the character of charming traditional country houses set on hillsides surrounded by olive trees while incorporating the luxury amenities of the world’s finest hotels. Authentically detailed with the local character, the hotel is a luxury retreat that plays homage to Mallorca’s unique heritage.”

Additional landscape features include a sunken olive grove and a central 300 year-old olive tree, which is located outside the reception building and immediately sets the tone of the hotel’s landscaping. The main pool cascades down the slope, providing pleasant spots to enjoy the view and lounge by the water, while the pool bar is tucked between the pools and next to a waterfall bridge. The luxury spa relaxation terrace at the top of the site has an impressive vista over the hotel and of the surrounding mountains and the ocean.

Park Hyatt Mallorca – Cap Vermell Estate

Design Firm | AECOM
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