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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Pool and spa area for an Hotel in Mallorca, Spain by A2arquitectos

 
March 19th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: A2arquitectos

In 1967, a small hotel, Hotel Castell dels Hams, was established on the island of Majorca amid the Mediterranean vegetation. Over time, and through subtle improvements and extensions, it has become one of the most distinctive hotels on the eastern part of the island.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

  • Architects: A2arquitectos (Cristian Santandreu And Juan Manzanares)
  • Project: Pool and spa area for an Hotel
  • Location: Mallorca, Spain
  • Photography: Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual
  • Client/investor: Hotel Castell dels Hams. (www.hotelcastelldelshams.com)
  • Date of completion: 2011.
  • Building size: 690 square meters.
  • Builder: Promotora los Rosalitos S.L.
  • Structure: Melchor Mascaró.
  • Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning: Totelsa climatización y maquinaria de hostelería.
  • Materials provider: Santandreu Sureda Materiales de construcción.
  • Collaborators: Rut Prieto Martínez.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

The last of the alterations, meant to celebrate the Mediterranean light and the location’s idyllic bond with nature, turned the hotel into much more than just a holiday destination.

The work centred on replacing the covering and enclosure of the existing heated pool and to create an adjacent spa to supplement it.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

During development, the project was split into two independent zones, each designed to suit its own specific purpose.

The main pool area is adorned with a series of square openings for windows in the roof that allow the light to flood into the area. The spa intended for skin treatments and relaxation is located to give the visitors the best views of the surrounding landscape and is also filled with light in all rooms where light is needed.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

The placement of the two zones makes them meet at a single point where one faces the other, so that they are interlinked. This gives access to both through the hotel lobby, which is connected to the main pool area.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

The pool was originally connected to what was once considered the back of the hotel, where it was confined to a space that was clearly being wasted. The challenge of the project was not only to stop the new areas from being used as secondary features, but to ensure they were used to highlight the hotel’s sunniest facade. Now completed, the roof is dotted with windows. This interplay of window holes in the roof creates a beautiful dance of light reflections inside

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

The existing pool has got new facades and a new green roof, which is dotted with a series of square openings. This interplay of window holes creates a beautiful dance of light reflections in the building.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

In the spa area, the space is sculpted and colourful showers of light flow through the openings in the roof. This makes the building itself part of the treatment, offering the feeling of well-being created by nature when it is introduced into the building, a feeling of total immersion for the visitor.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

A2arquitectos
Under the direction of the architects Juan Manzanares Suárez and CristianSantandreu Utermark, this studio is dedicated to the creation, adaptation, modification and management of architectural and urban planning projects of all kinds.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

The studio undertakes building, urban planning, interior design, furniture design, and both renovation and new builds projects.

It specializes in projects related to the tourist sector and has carried out numerous projects in different hotels in Spain and France.

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

Image Courtesy © Laura Torres Roa and Antonio Benito Amengual

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