friendhouse ecohotel by ryntovt design
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feb 11, 2013
friendhouse ecohotel by ryntovt design

‘friendhouse ecohotel’ by ryntovt design, orel river, ukraine

all images courtesy of ryntovt design



ukraine-based ryntovt design has created a countryside oasis in the riverside outskirts of metropolitan dniproprtrovsk. after an extensive
ecological analysis of the lush green site by the orel river, the architect deemed appropriate the use of ‘ecologically harmless materials’ so as to
better integrate the structure into the wildlife. the bones of the single-level building are made of wood and shell stone. some of the structural beams are
uncut trees themselves. clay and reed are used in the thatch roof plate and perforated pod-like structures that serve to insulate as well as admit natural light.
the organic shapes of the interior work harmoniously with the surrounding wildlife. aside from a bountiful apple tree garden, the hotel also uses the
natural ‘eco-cover’ of the forest as both protection and inspiration. the hotel is a total work of design, with furniture and details created with low-impact,
local materials and a highly sustainable sensibility.



an overall view of the material-conscious structure



an extensive roof plate holds together the clay room pods



wood and clay form the walls



tall trees are integrated into the design as opposed to removed



clay pods create organic shapes in the building-scape





view of the thatched roof



passive cooling and lighting systems are part of the holistic design



perforated pods and exposed beams allow for copious natural light to filter through the dining space





the holes in the pods create a dappled effect



suites are at once luxurious and environmentally responsible





beams are either raw wood or made of clay





furniture is also made from locally harvested wood and minimal in impact



views of the bathroom



(left): example of a clay bathroom
(right): a swinging mirror door in a vanity area



warm yellow light glows from the perforations and open spaces  in the rooms



open plans allow for plenty of outdoor access and terraced areas





ecological and light analysis



floor plan level 1




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