Alejandro Acebal Canney, by means of his namesake agency AC Arquitectos & Asociados, takes a bespoke strategy to designing large-scale luxurious housing and industrial initiatives. In distinction to ubiquitous copy-and-paste structure, Mr. Acebal Canney’s one-of-a-kind endeavors breathe contemporary life into the Dominican Republic, the place he lives and works.
He leaves his mark throughout the Dominican Republic with modern and fashionable mansions, residence buildings, eating places, resorts, buying facilities and public areas.
Most not too long ago, because the principal architect behind the St. Regis Cap Cana Resort & Residences, he dreamed up a large-scale retreat that just about vanishes into its environment from a chook’s eye view. The event consists of 200 resort rooms, 68 condos and one penthouse that mix into the serene Caribbean Sea and the luxurious Punta Espada Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Mansion International caught up with Mr. Acebal Canney, 45, to study extra about luxurious architectural design within the Caribbean, what his shoppers are asking for now and what he expects to ship sooner or later.
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Mansion International: Are you able to inform us a bit of about A.C. Arquitectos & Asociados?
Alejandro Acebal Canney: We’re not a big agency. I’m from Mexico initially, and I used to personal a big agency, however I didn’t wish to proceed with it as a result of I needed to create items of artwork as a substitute of economic structure. Our theme has been deciding on shoppers that actually respect small aesthetics. Finer issues are available smaller bins.
MG: What’s been your favourite challenge thus far in your profession and why?
AAC: It’s actually laborious to keep away from the one you’re at the moment engaged on, and philosophically, I might in all probability say the subsequent one! For what it means for the Dominican Republic, the St. Regis may have essentially the most impression on the luxurious resort business. Hopefully, this won’t be my favourite sooner or later, however proper now, it’s.
MG: Your initiatives, together with the St. Regis Cap Cana Resort & Residences, are giant in scope. How can you add your contact?
AAC: Because the principal, I oversee every part from conception to development paperwork. That’s why I get pleasure from main a small agency as a result of that private contact is what individuals are on the lookout for, versus working with bigger companies the place the principal shouldn’t be as concerned. In case you rent, for instance, Norman Foster, the probabilities that your challenge can be hand-drawn and designed from scratch can be low. Our agency is totally different in that we’re passionate in regards to the private contact and we’re devoted to taking a unique strategy on each challenge.
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MG: What have been your challenges designing the St. Regis across the golf course?
AAC: After we arrived on the web site, I grew to become conscious that it didn’t have any blind spots. From the resort, you possibly can see the golf course and all its environment. It grew to become my duty to design a construction that respects and flows with the neighborhood, the fairways and every part round us. From an aerial perspective, we tried to emulate the golf course design in an effort to obtain symbiosis between the structure and the golf course.
MG: How did you distinguish the condos from the resort rooms?
AAC: The mingling of those two worlds—residences and the resort—has been a really satisfying studying expertise. The facilities and the experiences of the resort are joined with the residences. The exteriors for each are lush, and the interiors are subtle when it comes to design and luxury. From the skin, the constructing appears to be like the identical, nevertheless it has two totally different clientele. It was a problem we cherished overseeing, particularly the interiors that introduced it to the luxurious degree. The interiors are totally different throughout the three varieties of merchandise: the resort rooms, the condos and the penthouse. The penthouse is within the high, center portion of the constructing, spans two flooring and has very good, 360-degree views of the property. That’ll be essentially the most sought-after, talked-about challenge within the Caribbean. It has a spherical staircase that connects the 2 flooring and has a fantastic tree in the course of it. The condos are divided from the resort by the swimming pools and gardens. From the condos, you possibly can oversee the resort, however this separation makes it clear what’s residential and what’s the resort property.
MG: Waiting for the subsequent decade, how will luxurious shoppers’ priorities change?
AAC: The luxurious residential proprietor will transfer from proudly owning two or three humongous homes to having extra range of properties the place they’ll transfer all through the world. We discovered through the pandemic that many individuals can work from wherever. Being tied to 1 location is a factor of the previous. All my shoppers now are asking for lovely libraries and workplaces the place they’ll accommodate conferences. This provides us the concept individuals need to dwell by means of experiences and dwell within the second moderately than having one major dwelling the place they keep for a lot of seasons all year long. In 10 years, homes can be totally different. Within the previous days, the idea created by the excessive society of New York—having a butler and maids— was thought-about luxurious. You have been at all times served by somebody. Lately, that’s uncommon. Sooner or later, know-how will complement that want. Luxurious can be outlined by how know-how is built-in into the house to create an identical expertise.
MG: What’s your private definition of luxurious?
AAC: My first must-have is a view overlooking the ocean. In case you begin with the proper web site, the completed product can benefit from the sight traces. You’ll be able to have a fantastic home in a unique location, however you is likely to be lacking the view. Being on a Caribbean island, my most vital precedence is location, location, location. Luxurious is one thing not everybody has, or one thing that’s laborious to get. Proudly owning a chunk of property overlooking the ocean places you in a spot of privilege of getting that view. Secondly, architecturally talking, the house must be open sufficient to know the expertise of dwelling within the Caribbean. A spacious move is vital to my design. Individuals are on the lookout for experiences as part of an expensive life. For me, it’s vital to me to design areas which can be interconnected, the place households could be collectively in a time when know-how retains us aside.
This interview has been edited for size and readability.