How This Resort is Using Landscape Architecture to Wow its Visitors
Cape Royale Resort, by TROP: terrains + open space, in Sentosa, Singapore.
Have you ever felt like going on a vacation somewhere far away, somewhere where the world couldn’t reach you? Have you ever wanted to just run away from the day to day, the mundane, the rush? If your answer is “yes” then I think I’ve found a place for you.
Located in one of the fastest-developing countries in the world, Singapore’s Cape Royale resort becomes an alternative, magically peaceful reality in the middle of the chaos and rush of the modern world.
Cape Royale Resort
A Peaceful Oasis in the Middle of a Busy City
This excellent project is located in one of the most luxurious hotel resorts — Cape Royale on the island of Sentosa in Singapore. It is one of the area’s biggest tourist attractions, with beautiful views of the sea. It is a peaceful oasis in a city of fast-growing, extremely prosperous global businesses where everyone is rushing and running 24/7.
In areas with such a high intensity of traffic — motorized and pedestrian — it is almost impossible to diminish the level of noise, let alone create a place that seems absolutely detached from the busy world around it.
But there is no such a thing as impossible for the designers at TROP. They have searched for and found the physical potential of the space at the Cape Royale resort, taking the sea as their main motivation and inspiration. Having taken on a fixed and clear direction for the design, TROP has finished and made ready for our eyes the beauty of their Seascape.
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It is clear from the first glance at the project that TROP has kept in mind the idea of the space being watched from above — from the surrounding balconies of the building enclosing the area. When looked at from above, the project reminds us of a mad artist’s painting, except it is more organized than we might first realize.
The design’s main theme of wavy lines connects the balconies to the sea spreading before the sky-scraping building. The sea itself is highlighted by the design’s features, which show TROP’s excellent use of the land, materials, and even the light and shade.
Landscape Architecture’s Goodie Bag
TROP’S Seascape is a home for all the goodies of landscape architecture, as it magically connects water features, sculptures, differentiated paving, and original planting. When walking through the Seascape, we get the feeling of walking in a place from a different world, especially at night, when the carefully thought-through lighting gives the scenery a magical atmosphere. And the trees grow on geometrical miniature islands on the water pools.
Water is the core of the design. When having a second thought about the design, we realize that the whole area is divided into bigger and smaller islands, which look as if they really are “floating” on the water.
Excellent Use of Color and Material
There are pathways made of circular features that allow us to walk “on” the pools of water. The bottoms of the pools take on different colors and even fractures, from gray oval stones to blue and navy mosaics. These tiny changes not only make the space more colorful but also subconsciously change our perception of the space.
The overall use of colors in this Seascape project is strongly connected to the colors of Cape Royale’s natural surroundings — the sea, the beach, the sky, and the plants. This is why the whole project is in blues, greens, whites, and grays.
Sea-themed sculptures provide an added dimension. We get a feeling as if they were “walking” with us on our stroll down the Seascape gardens. The little sculptures are grouped into several segments of individual or numerous forms, depicting sea creatures such as fish or sea devils. Sometimes, the sculptures are fully exhibited on tiny podia that also seem to be “floating” on the water, and sometimes they’re hidden in the plants around the edges of the pools.
The plants were used in such a way as if to softly divide the whole space into smaller sectors, or “rooms”, each with its own purpose and atmosphere. From palm trees to shrubs and tropical perennials, all native to the area, each has its own purpose — and position — in the project. They all create different “rooms” that can be explored one at a time, supplying us with a dose of magical mystery one by one.
The Cape Royale resort isn’t made only for long, romantic walks; it is also the main recreational feature of Cape Royale. The pools aren’t always purely decorative: There are countless of pools in which you can swim, walk, and sunbathe. The pools differ in size, shape, and depth. Some of the pools are so shallow that there are no “bridges” on them, and if you want to get from one edge of the pool to another, you’ll have to take off your shoes — just a little change from our normal walking habits.
Other pools are of regular size and depth to allow swimming, but they also may have platforms on which sunbeds are seated. So if you don’t feel like swimming, you can always sunbathe, with a little coolness coming from the water surrounding you from all sides.
Even though Singapore got us used to its original and extraordinary landscape features, we still haven’t got enough of them. It is easy to notice that “usual” and “ordinary” definitely aren’t this country’s thing when it comes to landscape design. All of the landscape projects located in Singapore can be described at least as cosmic. And the Cape Royale resort is definitely one of them.
Full Project Credits For Cape Royale Resort
Project: Cape Royale Resort
Landscape Architects: TROP: terrains + open space
Design Director: Pok Kobkongsanti
Project landscape architects: Anuwit Cheewarattanaporn, Pattarapol Jormkhanngen, Theerapong Sanguansripisut
Client: Ho Bee Land Limited
Location: Sentosa, Singapore
Area: approx 20,000 Sqm.
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya
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