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

mup arq: viura hotel, spain

‘viura hotel’ by mup-arq, villabuena de alava, spainall 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 placerespectfully next to the original church and square overlooking the rest of the town. the project exhibits an arquitectonic integration of variousstructural strategies and materials, both foreign and found on site. carved into the rocky hillside, the lower floor embeds itself into a natural stonefoundation 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 alsogives 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






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

  • that’s a great project!!! Finally a great one!

    Fra Ro says:
  • I beautiful hotel if they had used a lighting designer it would be perfect.

    Marin says:
  • Apparently there is no building commission in Villabuena or otherwise they must have been bribed to build such an insult to the town.

    Airborne says:
  • An really inspiring piece. Keeping bringing such great articles. Thank you!

    Arturo Fumagalli says:
  • I think its a wonderful creation of inspiration and enjoyment–relaxation, views of the town, lights, hilltops; clouds and sky! Why Not?! … @Airborne: well, thank goodness you dont live there!? lol!
    I would have loved however, to see a few photos of the different suites/description available but, thats my personal preference. The sleeping area looks tight but suitable for any hotel. Its an impressive exterior, and the added green features also make it more desirable place to visit!

    MCL says:
  • Good afternoon,

    Thanks a lot for this article on Viura and for the kind comments. If you would like to keep in touch with us, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter

    Kindest regards from Spain

    Hotel Viura says:
  • It looks interesting and a bit funky. A nice concept for a cool hotel.

    Luis M. says:

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