Colonnella, Italy

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Colonella, Italy

Project Facts

Project Bella Oceana Residential Community
Client OPM
Built-Up-Area N/a
Services Masterplanning, Architectural Concept, Preliminary Design, Design and Project Management Pre and Post Contract
Status Under Construction
Budget N/a

Project Features

PHASE 1: Lago Vista
Five (5), three-storey ‘Lago Vista’ residential buildings. Each will have:
• 13 Apartments/ Floor (39 Apartments/ Building)
• 13 Private Pools
• 2 lifts
• 39 Resident Car Park Spaces
• 5 Visitor Car Park Spaces
• Central MEP Services
• Central Garbage Services

PHASE 2: Casa Verde
35, two-storey ‘Casa Verde’ residential buildings. Each will have:
• 6 Apartments/ Floor (12 Apartments/ Building)
• 6 Private Pools
• 1 lift
• 12 Resident Car Park Spaces
• 2 Visitor Car Park Spaces
• Central MEP Services
• Central MEP Services
• Central Garbage Services

PHASE 3: Belvedere
Nine, two-storey ‘Belvedere’ residential buildings. Each will have:
• 2 Apartments/ Floor (4 Apartments/ Building)
• Private Pool Option
• 8 Resident Car Park Spaces
• 2 Visitor Car Park Spaces
• Central MEP Services
• Individual MEP Services
• Central Garbage Services

Situated in the quaint historical town named Colonella on the north east coast of Italy, Bella Oceana, the multi-phased master-planned Italian commune will be located within walking distance of the endless beaches and clear waters of the Mediterranean. Covering a staggering 200,000-sq. metres the master plan by Rashid Taqui Architects & Engineers harnesses the natural beauty of the site characterised by rolling hills dotted with greenery. A river flows through the site that widens at the centre of the plot, forming a lake surrounded by lush dense vegetation, home to an amazing array of wildlife.

The master plan divides the site into hierarchical community to cater for a varied range of potential residents in affordability and background and reflected in the different building types offered in the three planned phases:

1. Phase 1: Lago Vista
2. Phase 2: Casa Verde
3. Phase 3: Belvedere

The organisation of the site started from studying the current vehicular access to and around the site coupled with traffic count of the existing routes that determined the need widening of the existing routes as well as establishing new road network along the site’s perimeter. Secondary routes were then established in relation to the topography, interconnected yet looped to limit ‘through’ traffic. A third layer of pedestrian footpaths and meandering pathways leading to and hugging the dense vegetation surrounding the lake were established to encourage connectivity between the residents and a healthier lifestyle. In Phase 3 of the development, additional cycling lanes are introduced.

The massing and the size of the buildings is used to further enhance the community. Phase 1 of the development includes five three-storey linear buildings that against the perimeter of the site backing on to a very heavily trafficked highway connecting Sicily to Venice. The design and positioning of these buildings together with dense planting along the perimeter buffers residents from the noise and pollution from the highway. The backs of these buildings are solid with limited apertures while the ‘front’ is almost 100% glazed offering views to the Ocean.

Phase 2 buildings are smaller unites placed in clusters. All are 2-storey containing 12 apartments are designed with large terraces to enjoy characteristic of building in the neighbourhood and the ground floor apartments are also equipped with individual swimming pools. The units are positioned in clusters circumventing the central lake. All buildings maintain a minimum of 10-metre separation on all 4 sides.

As part of this phase a community centre housing the Community Management office together with small retail and F&B space is also planned.

Phase 3 buildings are more luxurious, positioned and orientated to enjoy uninterrupted views of the ocean. Only 2 units per floor and limited to two storeys, the buildings are stepped to take advantage of the natural sloping terrain. Appealing to a different demographic, Phase 3 is separated from the initial 2 phases intentionally, more spaciously planned with walkways and cycleways buffered by planting from the vehicular routes.

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With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

Prior to which, he was the Vice President Project Management and Engineering of Al-Oula International-Amar International Real Estate where Al Kayyalli successfully implemented major investment programs for the firm’s operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as turnkey solutions tailored to the findings of market analysis studies.

Earlier, Al-Kayyali was the Director of Development & Project Management for Al-Nahdi Group (KSA) and KCMCC(Kuwait Commercial Market Company), and Director/ Construction Manager for a number of key contracting firms including Al-Jafr Trading and Contracting Co. (KSA), Ali & Fouad Al-Ghanim Co. (Kuwait), Al-Habtoor Engineering (UAE), Al-Muhairy Contracting Co. (UAE) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading Bureau (Kuwait).


Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

With an inherent passion of architecture and design and a key eye for business, in 1999 Hannoun established the firm Tala Furniture, dedicated to providing quality furniture to the booming hospitality sector across the Gulf and North Africa. Nearly two decades later the company is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of complete hotel interior products, operates 3 factories in CEBU, China and Indonesia and boasts over 120 professional staff focused on project management, technical services, manufacturing, sourcing and quality control.

A member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and an active fundraiser, Hannoun has dedicated much of her personal life to raising awareness for children with special needs. She was instrumental in the establishment of Asseef School (Dubai Centre for Special Needs) in the late 80s, the first special needs school in Dubai to receive funding from the late HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and remains equally diligent in her quest today, to protect the rights of the children without a voice.


With near 30 years of experience in the design, management and delivery of complex architectural projects, Rashid Taqui’s portfolio spans multiple sectors in Australia, Greece, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

Starting his career in 1996 as a fresh graduate at German firm Schuster Pechtold’s Dubai office, he won instant appreciation and international applause for conceptualising and designing the multi-award-winning Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa – the first eco-resort in the Middle East attributed to having changed the discourse of architecture in the UAE. His involvement in other ‘firsts’ for the region include the establishing a voice for the architects and designers by the launching Dubai’s premier and the regions’ leading architectural journal, Architecture Plus, shaping the annual architectural networking event, Cityscape and founding the international awards for architecture and design in the UAE.

Taqui’s broad-ranging experience covers urban planning projects, resorts and hotels, palatial residences, shopping malls, airports, schools, banks, offices and varied public and cultural facilities, and undertaken while holding senior positions in the UAE offices of German multi-disciplinary firm Kling Consult, civil engineering firm Italconsult SPA, and architectural firm Incorporated Consultants (Conin).

Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, established in 2008, is his personal brand that specialises in contextually authentic, eco-aware architecture. He ardently advocates integrity and sustainability while targeting high yields for stakeholders through innovative design, investment opportunities, and value engineering.

Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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