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Project owner:
SA Manihi Pearl Beach Resort


Project manager's mission:
Conception / realisation / interior design


Work :
41 bungalows


900 000 000 CFP
7 500 000 Euros


Part 1 95/96: From April 95 to February 96
Part 2 97: From January 97 to September 97

The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort hotel was built on the old site of Kaina village hotel, the one and only hotel in this atoll. 

Achieving this hotel was the starting point of the Pearl Beach resort's concept chain, the basic spirit of 'Pearls'': indirect light work, atmosphere's clarity, especially in the choice of woods and sober materials. The union between the Polynesian tradition and the international standards.

Inspired by the vernacular habitat and updated it with a contemporary design, the spaces are open and the atmospheres are warm and friendly.

The bungalows have been arranged in two branches from the islets already made. They are positioned on the edge of the drop off near the lagoon and therefore at the edge of the bangs of coral pates. The bungalows are oriented according to the coral pates so that they do not disturb the ecosystem and that the impression to stay on a natural aquarium is magnified.

The opening of the bathroom on the room allows a better reading of volume and approaches lifestyle's of old "fare".

Natural light has been sifted through sand-blasted windows and the focus has been on the light reflected by the lagoon, which is captured by the openings to iridescent the atmosphere of a colorful and dancing green lagoon light.

The contrast between the exterior monochrome woods (eucalyptus / rosawa / kaori), the sobriety of the fabrics used and the colors of the lagoon with powerful tones, gives a rest feeling (shade and freshness).


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