La Loma Resort, a residential development where space and
With a total surface area of 525,000 square metres, the La
Loma Resort will be built on the edge of the city of Murcia,
next to the Murcia-San Javier motorway and close to the La
Torre Resort and the El Valle Resort.
Building work on the 400 villas, terraced houses and apartments
that go to make up Polaris World’s fifth residential
complex will begin in the middle of 2005.
The Loma Resort project has been designed by the prestigious
Mexican architect Josť de Yturbe, who works with elements
such as space, light and colour to achieve a style of architecture
that is modern, emotive, in context with its surroundings,
attractive and functional.
Using these premises, space is transformed into one of the
focal points of the new resort, a true luxury in homes that
transmit a great feeling of wide-openness. The houses face
outwards and are designed to be simple and yet not plain and
to catch the eye without resorting to superfluous ornamentation.
The architecture is robustly minimalist and at the same time
compelling and pleasant. Furniture forms a vitally important
element when it comes to making the correct use
of the space, which is so structured as to perfectly define
the location of the furnishings to perfection.
In order to make the best possible use of the light, the resort
adapts itself to the climate and surroundings using a combination
of ventilation designs and generous openings cut into both
sides of the houses. Furthermore, trellises that have been
prepared to encourage the growth of climbing plants, are built
into their terraces to provide natural shade.
Another of the elements that makes the La Loma Resort so unique
is colour. This makes its presence especially felt on the
outside of the houses via a well thought out combination of
shades of brown, orange, pink and white that change in accordance
with the daylight.
Of all the resort’s communal areas, special mention
must be made of the ‘Tambor’ and the ‘Plaza
de la Guitarra’. The first is a shopping precinct that
uses a basement-style dry area to catch any available breeze
and features fountains, small squares, pavements and cycle
paths, etc. that link the entire complex.
As its name indicates, the second communal area has been designed
in the shape of a guitar, the ‘sound box’ of which
is a pergola-style portico where the shopping area is situated.
The ‘neck’ of the guitar consists of a large garden
with a stairway down which water runs until it reaches a
waterfall that feeds a large central fountain. Finally, part
of this square opens out to overlook the hill or green area.
Art and Feelings
Yturbe’s architecture is the result of a mixture of
cultures in which there still exist Spanish roots to which
an Arabian influence has been added and is delivered with
all the power of his country of origin, Mexico. In this sense,
the outstanding architectural elements are those that contribute
serenity (such as the patios whose fountains throw out bright
shafts of water, reflections, joy, freshness, purity, etc.),
the minimalist yet eye-catching spaces and a fine use of colour
on the exterior surfaces.