pool at the ‘hotel castell dels hams’ by A2arquitectos, majorca, spain
all images courtesy of A2arquitectos
spanish practice A2arquitectos have completed the pool for ‘hotel castell dels hams’, a venue established on the island of majorca amid the mediterranean vegetation. constructed in 1967, the small hotel has gone through subtle improvements and extensions over time. the last of the alterations intends to celebrate the daylight and the location’s idyllic bond with nature, turning the accommodation into much more than just a holiday destination. the work centered on replacing the cover and enclosure of the existing heated pool.
adorned with a series of square openings for windows in the perimeter walls and roof, illumination is allowed to flood into the main area of the indoor deck and water’s surface. the aquatic facility was originally connected to what was once the rear of the hotel and was confined to a space that was previously wasted. the challenge of the project was both to prevent new areas from being used as secondary features and to ensure the use of spaces along the sunniest facade.
stairs into the water
water reflects the illuminated openings
square openings within the facade and roof
square windows and skylights introduce natural daylight
roofscape of vegetation and skylights
architects: A2arquitectos – juan manzanares suárez and cristian santandreu utermark
photographer: laura torres roa
client/investor: hotel castell dels hams (www.hotelcastelldelshams.com)
address: crta. manacor – porto cristo km. 10, porto cristo, majorca
place: island of majorca
date of completion: 2011
building size: 400 square meters