Sofitel Gardens is a prototype of a luxury resort hotel located on the narrow isthmus between the city of Lima and its peninsula of La Punta, Peru. Specifically, the site is centered at the geographical bottle neck, providing an optimal branding opportunity for this major resort. This led to the decision of retaining the intersection that cuts through, utilizing it as a secondary source for land and water transportation between the site which activates the resort complex throughout the day. As a result, the resort is split into quadrants, each consisting of suites and different programs that are shared amongst the guests and visitors at the resort.
The most common names used to describe Lima is “the city of balconies,” which became the force behind the design concept for the 300 guest room resort, encapsulated by ocean and city vistas. Each volumetric suite is excavated, staggered, and grouped to provide private balcony gardens for the rooms, specifically curated for sensorial experiences made possible by collaborating with Peruvian artists.