RAËD ABILLAMA ARCHITECTS
Photos courtesy of Joe Kesrouani, Vinnie Volkerijk
Hotel & Leisure
Basbina, Batroun, Lebanon
A living spine of revealed processes and experiences, in strict to the wine making process, debuts from within the existing, resorted, 380 years old house, to flow within the layered functional spaces of the wine factory as a exhibited living wine making body.
Integrated within the green thick skin of the Basbina outskirts, the winery synthesises an old exciting resorted feudal house with the factory’s modern built structure. The initial approach focused on the complete symbiosis of the built with the natural.
Visitors slowly discover the setting as a minimal intervention on the landscape. In return the sitting of the old house stretches above the winery roof to unify the architectural unravelling.
The whole program, the cellar, the vats, the storage stacks, operation and management spaces… are the final destination of the house, as a main reception, insertion vantage, cascading itself underground, through a “welled” staircase.
The structure is a purely functional expression of an “assemblage” of load bearing precast elements and cast in situ ones.
The choice of the prefab design, guided the speed of obstruction with arched shells for the cellar spaces and beams and slabs for the vat and operation spaces. The cellar spaces are completely buried within the ground as a thermal sponge, creating the needed equilibrium of temperature and humidity.
EMINE ÖĞÜN MEHMET ÖĞÜN ARCHITECTS
Photos courtesy of Emine & Mehmet Ogun
Hotel & Leisure
Amanruya is an hotel with 36 cottages in Bodrum, on the Aegean coast of Turkey, using the historical experience and knowledge while being careful of not falling into the trap of superficial eclecticism.
It uses a straight forward dialogue of architectonics in realizing the urban texture, gates, gardens, guest rooms, and the public spaces as a cumulative totality of various planes, horizontal and perpendicular, with differing angles. Spatial organizations are aligned so that addition of each unit creates the whole.
A flight of steps from the main entrance, one can reach the reception, boutique, then the main gate, up to the lobby terrace. Climbing up some more, the guest can be by the 50 m swimming pool or the dining rooms. From there on softly ascending terraces, narrow paths, courtyards lead the way to the cottages each in its own garden, with a private marble pool reflecting the tranquil landscape.
The design, with the public areas situated on the slope, path ways, descending, diverging, sprawling to the cottages embedded in the olive grove, among pine trees, creates an expedition, as the eye looks around, each structure, as if in a slow perpetual motion, calls one to move in and around. Movement weaves its way to the impartial perception of ‘existence’ as it is at that very instant.
If tranquility is created and those living in and between feel the serenity then architecture is triumphant.
Photos courtesy of FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
Hotel & Leisure
L’AND VINEYARDS HOTEL
Montemor-o-Novo (Alentejo), Portugal
Integrated in the L’And Vineyards resort, a concept that results of the synergies yielding from the family-based winemaking and agro-business company Sousa Cunhal, the Hotel is the key building of the whole ensemble. It has the reception, clubhouse, restaurant, Spa with indoor pool, and the back-ofhouse service support to the adjacent townhouse suites.
In addition, the building functions as a winery, where guests can experience the whole winemaking process, from grapes selection, crushing, fermentation and pressing, to barrel aging, blending, filtering and bottling.
Inspired on the whitewashed walled patios of the Alentejo, the building was conceived as an hinged prism from which its four corners where cut-off (reception, chill-out, restaurant terrace and industrial), creating areas of shade and intimacy.
Topographically, the volume has been carefully positioned to meet the contours of the ground with the least change. The large window of the indoor pool at the lower level, suggests itself as a wall folded to release the views of the landscape.