Punta Colorada, Cuba master plan

PDP London (an international architectural practice with offices in London, Madrid and Hong Kong) appointed masterplan architect for new 700ha resort in western Cuba, winning an international competition.

A collaboration between PDP London Architects and Urban Designers with DSC Group and an expert team of international consultants, the proposed development at Punta Colorada presents a unique opportunity to create one of the world’s finest golf destinations at the heart of a luxurious tropical resort.

At the heart of the development, four 9-hole golf courses will allow visitors to create their own 18-hole course from any combination they choose. The central golf club will provide the spatial link between the four distinct golf experiences on offer—along with great views, food, drink, and relaxation.

In addition to the exceptional golf offer, the proposed scheme will include three hotels, a new marina, six residential villages comprising 1,500 private residences, each with its own character and town square, and associated restaurants and retail throughout. Further sports and leisure facilities will include water sports and equestrian centres, including polo fields and an extensive network of riding trails. A new canal will allow for water taxi connections between the beach hotel and the marina, while increasing the viable waterfront area for construction.

The PDP-led team was selected to deliver the masterplan as winners of a rigorous international invited competition, winning out over acclaimed practices from across Europe and North America.

Located in the unspoiled landscapes of Pinar del Rio, Punta Colorada will become an economic generator for a developing region, and the first of several top-tier resorts to be delivered through this joint venture between LPG&RI and the Cuban Government. Once realised, Punta Colorada will prove an irresistible draw for tourists from around the world to come and discover Cuba.

The team has employed a light-touch design approach on this sensitive site, drawing on tested principles of good urban design and a thorough understanding of how these are applied in practice. Sustainability has been a crucial factor throughout the design process, to protect, enhance and curate the existing landscapes in synergy with the proposed new interventions. Architecturally, the developing scheme is equally sensitive to the existing context, inspired by the local Cuban culture and vernacular building typologies to create a contemporary interpretation rich with Cuban flavour.

The aim of the project is to establish Punta Colorada as not only a world-class tourist destination nestled within the Cuban landscape and culture but also as a catalyst for future development in the region.

In his letter to PDP announcing the competition win, Punta Colorada Joint Venture President D. Jaume Roma Rodríguez praised the scheme as follows:

“This proposal, without a doubt, shows passion and a clear sense of generating experiences that money cannot buy.

Technically the PDP London proposal presents a good study of the place, showing… analysis of conditions impacting the development of the place… Undoubtedly, the proposal of PDP London, puts in value the Cuban landscape, culture and way of life, and for all that, the Board of Directors of the Mixed Company Punta Colorada SA has unanimously decided to declare you the winners of the contest.”

The team is now hard at work to develop the competition-winning proposals for submission to Cuban regulatory authorities later this year.