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.
Spa at the Hotel Marina Luz in Balearic Islands, Spain by Jordi Herrero Campo Arquitecto
May 30th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Jordi Herrero Campo Arquitecto
Can Pastilla is a tourist area of Palma de Mallorca located bayfront .
It is a quiet area with excellent sea views and a long walk with lots of activity.
In this area coexist houses and medium-sized hotels .
One of the best located hotels is the Hotel Marina Luz . It is in front the sea. It has a terrace on the ground floor , where the pool is located, and a terrace on the first floor as a solarium over the reception and cafeteria.
Is on the solarium terrace where the hotel company decided to place a small building to complement the offer , especially for winter . The program includes a small gym, a spa area and two massage rooms , as during spring and autumn come many cycling groups .
The project does not arise from an initial gesture. Collects a number of factors that are going to shape the building. . The final shape , materials , structure, etc. , therefore, are not a starting point, but a point of arrival:
Regulations: It limited the area of operation .
Access and circulation : Respect the access and circulation to the main building .
Views: Strengthen sea views and protect of the neighborhood.
It also must protect the sea views from the rooms, limiting the scope of the building.
Structure: The building is based on an existing slab that did not plan this overload . We should generate a very lightweight building and to distribute loads .
Energy: Back to the North is well protected and isolated. The building opens to South . Moveable curtains with nautical technology protect the interior from excessive radiation.
Materiality: The terraces have wooden floor . The new building includes this material. The proximity to the sea conditioned the selection of materials to avoid maintenance.
Image : This piece is very visible from the rooms . So we had to take care cover , perhaps the main facade of the building.
All this is generating decisions that shaped the materialization of the building.
It is similar to the shape of a river. It is not a starting point , but arises from the different energies that come together : gravity flow, topography, soil composition , erosion, vegetation , temperature , solar radiation, foreign stocks, etc. . The shape is the result, not the starting point .
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