Leonardo DiCaprio is a stickler for detail when playing the part of a new movie character and it seems like the Hollywood star is just as obsessive when it comes to hotel design.
The artists’ renderings for his new resort on a small island off the coast of Belize – slated for opening in 2018 – have been released and they show the actor’s full commitment to sustainability.
Since the first plans were released in April 2015, several of the initial details have been shelved, including a scheme for an arc-shaped platform with villas over the water and artificial reefs and fish shelters underneath. The number of properties on the 104-acre Blackadore Caye have also been reduced.
Last year, it was reported that there would be 68 resort villas and 48 private houses on the island, but that has since been reduced to 36 residential homes and 36 villas.
As well as the overall plan for the resort, the new renderings, from Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd, show what the finished villas will look like.
Their decor is said to take inspiration from the country’s ancient Mayan ruins, with thatched roofs, dark wood exteriors and marble flooring.
As many local materials as possible will be used to build the resort, to reduce emissions and support the local economy.
Although it is an eco resort, the one and two-storey buildings will have every mod con, including circadian lighting that changes tone and colour throughout the day to respond to the the human body clock.
There will also be solar panels and an on-site waste treatment facility to manage the effect the buildings have on the environment.
The ambitious project not only hopes to revitalise its visitors, but also to help restore the land itself, as it has endured deterioration from over-fishing, deforestation and an eroding coastline.
The aim of DiCaprio and his partners is to rehabilitate the ecosystem of the area.
Renderings of the ambitious project show a nursery that will grow indigenous marine grass to support a manatee conservation area and mangrove trees replanted to replace invasive species.
‘The main focus is to do something that will change the world,’ said the Titanic actor.
‘I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.’ he said.
Image credit: Mc Lennon designs and Dennistons International Architects.
Contributed by: Oluyomi Mary (online reporter)
Edited by: Jimmy Adesanya.
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