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mup arq: viura hotel, spain
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feb 25, 2013
mup arq: viura hotel, spain


‘viura hotel’ by mup-arq, villabuena de alava, spain
all images courtesy of viura hotel

 

 

taking advantage of the more rugged landscape of villabuena de alava in northern spain, the ‘viura hotel‘ by local practice mup-arq takes its place
respectfully next to the original church and square overlooking the rest of the town. the project exhibits an arquitectonic integration of various
structural strategies and materials, both foreign and found on site. carved into the rocky hillside, the lower floor embeds itself into a natural stone
foundation left exposed within the restaurant, gymnasium, cafeteria, and computer and information areas. the remainder of the 33 standard, deluxe,
and suites are located in the three floors above – still maintaining a profile lower in height than the adjacent church as is traditionally customary –
in a dynamic stacking of oddly-shaped cubes that seem to have been toppled down the escarpment. concrete and corten steel panels offer a chromatic
duality in the elevation that find their way to the interiors where they are highlighted with modern installments and natural textures. circulation brings
guests to their respective rooms through interior atria and green exterior courtyards and terraces that create a sort of vertical garden.

 

the construct achieves the highest energy performance certification available. a biomass cauldron uses olive pits as a fuel source that heat each of the
spaces through the radiant floor system. only local products can be found within the hotel, acting as a client and as a producer, as it also manufactures
and sells its own wine salt. additionally, a selection of bikes are available for free to its guests, encouraging the use of clean transportation which also
gives a great new perspective on the wine-country landscape and original spanish town.

 

 


series of stacked cubes make up the primary spaces

 

 


front elevation

 

 


stacked facade

 

 


in context

 

 


suite terrace

 

 


private balcony

 

 


restaurant

 

 


information and computer area

 

 


mix of textures from natural wood, concrete, and stone faces

 

 


stairwell leading to the bedrooms

 

 


deluxe suite

 

 


balcony with view over the town

 

 


exterior entry to a room

 

 


exterior restaurant/ lounge area

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