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MAPA Architects completes landscape hotel in Uruguay's wild nature

Uruguay - May 2, 2018 - 06:04   10320 views

Uruguay and Brazil-based studio MAPA Architects has completed a new hotel in Pueblo Eden, the wild nature of eastern Uruguay. Named Sacromonte Landscape Hotel, the single-storey building is elegantly nestled in a privileged location in this idyllic landscape. 

The architects wanted to create a gentle invitation to the hotel to meet the world of fine wines in a remote natural setting, where sophistication and originality coexist in a new landscape experience.

Its lands, encompassing a total of 250 acres, are located in a privileged location: the wild mountains of eastern Uruguay - which is equidistant from Punta del Este, José Ignacio and Pueblo Garzón, it forms a unique ecosystem of enjoyment, of which it is part with its own spirit.

The Sacromonte hotel, described as a pure landscape, is shaped through a field of relational forces, of ancient intensity and new impulses that jointly create a new, unprecedented entity. 

"Thus, nature, production, infrastructure and the palpable energy of the site configure a field of stimuli to be discovered; a field of experiences," said MAPA Architects in a project statement.

"In this idyllic landscape, young vineyards adapted to the unique characteristics of its soil, interact with a hill from which the entire spot may be observed, with its lush grasslands, natural spring water reservoirs and several streams that run through the valley densely surrounded by pristine vegetation," added the firm. 

"It is the contemporary explorer who will rewrite its own script, costarring the landscape while walking through a wide range of scenarios."

The hotel features exclusive rooms starting in a factory in the metropolitan area of Montevideo. The building was built on site less than 10 weeks, after which they are transported over more than 200 km in a single day. 

Leaving the city behind, the rooms, resembling a landscape shelters, don't look like objects but rather evolve as experiences. The building is made of a modular metal structure, combining steel framing and light steel framing, which gives preference to constructive simplicity and the efficient use of materials. 

The architects used simple and expressive in its architectural finishing, and its materials are used in harmony with their nature. "In sharp contrast, the walls supporting the prefab modules are built onsite with local stones and take diverse organic shapes adapted to each placement. Circular pools, composing a new sensory experience of the landscape, complement them," explained the architects. 

"The space is organized in a sequence of longitudinal layers of different thicknesses, between which daily life develops. The rear plane of the cabins is composed by piles of wood logs, reminiscent of woodpiles typical of lifestyles in natural settings."

Wet areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen are placed in the following layer, a fireplace and a reading nook are designed as ideal place for just reading or sleeping a siesta, sheltered by the landscape. This room, separated by a wood plane, follows the main space containing the bedroom, living and dining room. It is opened fully onto the landscape it is inserted in and of which it is an integral part.

The building's façade is composed by a sheet of one-way mirror, covering the cabin with an almost magical effect. It creates a tense limit between both the camouflage and the rhythm of nature, which can be described as the unreal sheen of technology and modern times.

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