‘entrecielos hamam and spa’ by A4 estudio, mendoza, argentina
all images courtesy of A4 estudio
located in the outskirts of mendoza amongst a peaceful setting of poplars, fruit trees, vineyards and unabated views of the andes, the ‘entrecielos hamam and spa‘ extends this tranquility to its visitors as they arrive for a physical and spiritual purification. argentinean practice A4 estudio designed the experience to begin with a departure from the automobile, as the guest must walk by foot along a path flanked by fields of grapes to begin, perhaps unknowingly, the first degree of separation from the cluttered chaotic world.
simple powerful geometries define the reinforced concrete envelope of the structure imprinted with the horizontal individual planks that made up the form work. a ring of circulation in dark contemplative spaces services all the program grouped into the center of the complex, illuminated by thin voids in the walls and ceiling subtly highlighting certain features as a ‘point of intensity.’ the interior is almost devoid of ornamentation, allowing the purity of the natural materials and the basic geometric shapes to inform the character of the rooms.
rear wall marked by rhythmically place vertical windows
circular apertures in the wall provide diffuse lighting
rear corridor with vertical strip windows
exterior light up at night with various colors
floor plan / level 0
location: calle guardia vieja, luján de cuyo, mendoza.
project date: 2009-2011
architects: A4 estudio / leonardo codina and juan manuel filice
colaboradores design team: paola meretta, eleonora corti, eugenia garcía, josé fornés, mariana poppi, gabriela módolo, carlos zanonni, luis calvet,
mario gonzález, laura benegas.
construction direction: A4 estudio.
construction team: paola meretta, jorge simoni, josé visiglio.
area spa-hamam: 597 m2
area hotel: 2,180 m2
structural calculations: spa-hamam / ing. juan camps . hotel / ing. roberto guerrero
construction company: sanco SA
landscape architecture: huemul SA