emiliano lopez monica rivera arquitectos: air of bardenas hotel emiliano lopez monica rivera arquitectos: air of bardenas hotel
jan 12, 2013

emiliano lopez monica rivera arquitectos: air of bardenas hotel

‘air of bardenas hotel’ by emiliano lopez and monica rivera, navarre, spainimage © jose hevia

 

 

located directly in the wheat fields in the southernmost tip of navarre surrounded by the desert landscape of the bardenas where the main source ofeurope’s wind energy is harvested, the ‘air of bardenas hotel‘ sits discretely not distracting from the natural beauty of the site. the owner, who hadn’tany previous experience in the business of hospitality wanted a one-storey structure that would be built under a constrained budget and time limit,and would include as much steel as possible since they counted on the collaboration of a highly-skilled metal worker. as a result, spanish practiceemiliano lopez monica rivera arquitectos used metal frame sections infilled with a foam core, like a standard structural insulated panel (SIP) that were built off-site at the shop while the foundations and site work were taking place. the project – an entry building with a reception area, main hall, meeting rooms, bar and restaurant, and 10 satellite structures containing the individual rooms – was finished in 12 months.

 

 

view from the surrounding wheat fieldsimage © jose hevia

 

 

as the area, normally appreciated for its high winds, is also in a particular region of spain that suffers extreme summer and winter temperatures, the site can many times find itself in an inhospitable environment. the architects therefore designed the complex as a series of smaller separated buildings conceived of as quiet protected devices used to observe the beautiful exterior scenery. this arrangement also keeps a low profile amongstthe tall wheat plants, and makes the whole facility easier to protect from the wind with the portable windscreens made from stacked recycled woodenpalettes recovered from the nearby farms. it also creates a series of interesting interstitial spaces, such as the southern courtyard that uses the constructsthemselves to block the turbulent air. rocks also play a major role in the project, as they are used to delineate the property line from the adjacent cropfields and were also ground into the concrete aggregate to cast the same color as the native soil.

 

 

portable windscreen made from salvaged wooden palettesimage © jose hevia

 

 

each of the rooms is accessible only from the outside, so each one is truly lone-standing and private, and contain an exterior bathtub, patio and fruit tree.a large window marks the northeastern facade of every unit, as a lens through which to view the world and a reflective surface to portray it from the exterior.it protrudes from the wall enough that it may be inhabited from the inside as a ledge to sit on or place items. the orientation of each room allows the guest to view the sunlit environment while turning its back to the direct sunlight and therefore avoiding unnecessary solar gain from the south and west.

 

 

courtyards exist  in between the individual structuresimage © jose hevia

 

 

exterior walkways service each roomimage © jose hevia

 

 

one room with it’s own bathtub and lookout windowsimage © jose hevia

 

 

a private courtyard looks out to the landscapeimage © jose hevia

 

 

image © jose hevia

 

 

private courtyard, bathrub, fruit tree, and protruding windowimage © jose hevia

 

 

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view from inside the room, the window offers a seating area enjoying the viewsimage © jose hevia

 

 

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restaurantimage © jose hevia

 

 

entrance structure and main courtyardimage © jose hevia

 

 

project info:

 

 

project: 4-star hotel aire de bardenaslocation: tudela, navarre, spainclient: aire de bardenas s.l.commission: 2004completed: 2007built area: 1,500m2scope of work: full architectural services, interior, landscape and furniture designarchitects: emiliano lópez – mónica riveracollaborators: gillermo zuaznabar, maría e. seligra, karen pinheiro, carla isern, gerard bartomeu, alba garcíacontractor: alejandro ahedoquantity surveyor: leticia montesgraphic identity: lamosca

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