SB Architects, with offices in California and Florida, announced the completion of its latest resort project, the Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. This is the third luxury property it has been involved with in Puerto Rico, in addition to the Bahia Beach Golf Resort in Río Grande and the Ritz-Carlton San Juan.
The $342 million Dorado property opened Dec. 12 and is the second Ritz Carlton Reserve property in the world and the first in the Western Hemisphere. The property, set amid 1,400 acres of the former estate of Laurence Rockefeller, has been designed to provide an ultra-luxury experience with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship.
“SB Architects has been a leading figure in Puerto Rico’s emergence as one of the Caribbean’s most desirable destinations. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is the design firm’s third Dorado Beach has long been one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated destinations – more than 50 years ago, Laurence Rockefeller opened the Dorado Beach Resort & Club on the property, introduced the world to the concept of the environmentally-friendly ‘luxury island resort’,” said SB in a statement issued Thursday.
“In keeping with the Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand commitment to stewardship and Mr. Rockefeller’s legacy of conservation, the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve has been designed to LEED Certification standards,” the company said.
“The unique architectural style developed for Dorado Beach takes its cue from two important influences: the site itself and the rich, multi-layered history of both Puerto Rico and Dorado Beach,” the company further noted.
SB Architects described the facility’s design as contemporary and which drew heavily from the mid-century modern vernacular in a direct reference to the period that gave rise to the original Dorado Beach Resort.
“Rockefeller’s iconic ‘Surf Room’ has been meticulously replicated as an event space. Yet the environment and structures are warm and inviting, infused with layers of references to the surrounding natural world and to the many cultures — both ancient and modern — that have influenced life on this unique island,” the company said.