Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wellness Hotel Sotelia | Podčetrtek, Slovenija Enota

Plečnik Award 2006
Piranesi Award 2006
Golden Pencil 2006
Mies van der Rohe Award 2007 - shortlisted


Wellness Hotel Sotelia fills the gap between twoexisting hotels, both of them not hiding theirdifferent architectural origins. New hotel is not trying to summarize samples from nearby structures but rather clearly distances itself from the built environment and connects, instead, with its natural surroundings.
In design process primary concern was to avoidimmense building mass, like the one suggested in the client's brief, which would have blocked the lastremaining view of the forest. The volume is broken up into small units arranged in landscape-hugging tiers. As a result, the four storey 150-room building appears much lower and smaller then this description would suggest.
The specific shape of the hotel was dictated by thefolds in the landscape. The unique structures offerspasser-by some strong spatial experiences: from the front, the building is perceived as a two-dimensional set composed of parallel planes placed one behind the other; a walk around the hotel reveals entirely different views of the timber facade, from a plane vertical wooden slats to a rhythmic arrangement of balconies and wooden terraces.


project: Hotel Sotelia
type: invited competition, first prize
year: 2003
status: completed 2006


size: 13.300 M2
budget: 12.000.000 EUR
client: Terme Olimia
location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia


architecture: enota
project team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Petra Ostanek, Anže Zalaznik, Eva Matjašič, Darko Vasiljevič, Mojca Žerjav

landscape architecture: Bruto
structural engineering: Elea iC
mechanical services: Proinstal
electrical planning: Elita ib

photo: Miran Kambič
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