Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Hotel Aliah in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Hiperstudio + Arkiz
April 15th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hiperstudio + Arkiz
This project has been awarded as the winner of a competition organized by Aliah, a company which promotes sustainable development through practices and businesses that are profitable with a positive socio-environmental impact.
The goal of the competition was to develop a project of a sustainable luxury hotel complex for the 2014 World Cup, to be built in the outskirts of Sao Paulo.
The project should be paradigmatic to serve as a model of sustainable architecture for the World Cup and Olympic Games, and to disseminate innovative concepts that promote a green lifestyle.
1. The hotel as a space of rapprochement between man and environment
The growing awareness of the issue of environmental sustainability – also increased by the social and economic aspects – provides opportunities for important initiatives to promote rapprochement between man and natural environment. Sustainability is not just a matter of strategies and specific actions, but of intrinsic values: it requires the adoption of a new attitude towards the world.
2. The landscape as the protagonist
Based on this premise, a linear plaza-belvedere was designed as a structural and poetic gesture of the project concept. This plaza, arranged along the arrival axis, is a strong element as it coordinates the access to the hotel and convention center and leads to the discovery of the architectural experience integrated with the surrounding landscape.
The open corridors that serve the rooms of the hotel embrace a central leafy patio, emphasizing the presence of vegetation, transcending the mere function of connection to become a tour through the high treetops.
The architectural language of the project seeks to highlight the different strategies of sustainability and environmental comfort liabilities that were employed, demonstrating the solutions involved to achieve high environmental performance while ensuring the energy efficiency and resource savings.
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