Molteni&C softens up The Rock in Punta del Este

Molteni&C is masterminding the interior furnishing of a new coastal development in the Uruguayan resort, set to launch in 2026

The Rock, Punta Del Este: Bedroom overlooking the sea
'The Rock' is a residential development in Punta del Este with panoramic Atlantic views and interiors by Molteni&C.
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As names for residential developments go, 'The Rock' might not instantly bring to mind aspirational living. Yet, as with books and covers, never judge a project by its name; 'The Rock' is in fact a rather spectacular new development in the Uruguayan coastal resort of Punta del Este, scheduled to open in 2026. Designed by celebrated Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carlos Ott, with interior furnishings by Italian heritage design brand Molteni&C, 'The Rock' is definitely more diamond than cave.

The Rock, Punta del Este

Exterior architecture on rocky shoreline

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The development sits away from the town on a promontory (hence the name) and is a symphony of cantilevered terraces and panoramic views over the Atlantic coast. 'The Rock' will be home to 25 residences and three penthouses, all boasting breezy, open-plan layouts with plenty of indoor-outdoor moments to maximise coastal living.

Wooden furnishing with view over sea

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The interiors are being masterminded by Molteni&C, calling on their experience and expertise to bring domestic worlds of the finest quality to life with a compelling combination of craft and soul. In the case of 'The Rock', we find a range of tailor-made fitted furnishings and more familiar freestanding pieces from Molteni’s extensive archive.

Living area with soft furnishings and panoramic sea view

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Kitchens will be anchored by the linear 'Hi-Line 6' model kitchen. Bedrooms will feature Vincent Van Duysen’s 'Gliss Master’s' walk-in wardrobe systems. Inside and out, in private and public areas, furniture has been chosen to support comfort and relaxation, with the residences intended to be homes for year-round living.

Wardrobe with fixed joinery

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This being a Molteni&C project of course there is an air of refined elegance and glamour that graces details throughout, from materials and finishes to the smallest touchpoints that will connect inhabitants to their interior environments. It might be some time before The Rock is hewn into reality but, when it opens its doors in 2026, we have no doubt it will sparkle.

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Hugo is a design critic, curator and the co-founder of Bard, a gallery in Edinburgh dedicated to Scottish design and craft. A long-serving member of the Wallpaper* family, he has also been the design editor at Monocle and the brand director at Studioilse, Ilse Crawford's multi-faceted design studio. Today, Hugo wields his pen and opinions for a broad swathe of publications and panels. He has twice curated both the Object section of MIART (the Milan Contemporary Art Fair) and the Harewood House Biennial. He consults as a strategist and writer for clients ranging from Airbnb to Vitra, Ikea to Instagram, Erdem to The Goldsmith's Company. Hugo has this year returned to the Wallpaper* fold to cover the parental leave of Rosa Bertoli as Global Design Director.