Project: Hotel and 45 holes Golf Course
Location: Ribera, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Landscape Design: GSAssociati, PGLandShapes, Ravenna, Italy
Architecture: Denton Korker Marshall, London, Flavio Albanese, Vicenza Italy
Engineering and Project Managing: Intertecno Engineering, Roma
Client: Rocco Forte Hotel
Photos: GSAssociati, official website courtesy
Landscape design and restoration in an environmental protected area
The new 45 hole golf course and five star resort match the touristic valorization of this Sicilian waterfront area with the enhancement of the environmental quality of a Site of Community Interest.
All the project landscape material has been developed with an on site nursery in synergy with the Botanical Department of the University of Palermo with the target to increase the biodiversity conservation of native species.
The Areas between the golf holes have been maintained or transplanted with more than 3500 orange and olive trees, and new wetlands and natural habitats have been created to compensate the artificial part of the landscape in order to improve the ecological network issues such as ecotones, buffer zones and natural corridors. The frequentation of native fauna has been increased dramatically after such landscape restorations transforming the former agricultural land in a new patchwork of grasslands dunes and natural habitats.
Arrangements of works of defense against sea erosion before naturalization.
The golf course was designed by Kyle Philips from California who collaborated with GSA on the environmental and landscaping issues and some technical items such as irrigation and drainage.
The landscape design of the resort has been dedicated to wide open common facilities spaces that are open to the amazing views of the golf course and towards the beaches and seascape.
More private outdoor spaces in front of the villas, gives privacy to the guests.
Everywhere the Mediterranean Character enhance the landscape with the scents and color of its flora, especially with the orchards that where present on the site before the transformation: oranges, olives tree, carobs, pomegranates and tamarix, associated with low shrubs of the Mediterranean vegetation: lavender, laurel, oleander, broom, rosemary, myrtle and thyme.