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Hotel Elqui Domos, Chile: Sitting lightly within the desert landscape

Hotel Elqui Domos, Chile: Sitting lightly within the desert landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Bordering the Atacama Desert in Chile’s Andes Mountains, Valle de Elqui boasts an abundance of natural assets including a stable, hot climate favorable for wine growing and postcard-clear skies, coupled with high natural magnetism for some of the best star gazing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Resting in the heart of the valley, Hotel Elqui Domos provides a unique eco-tourism accommodation experience through its spatial composition and relationship to place. The original complex was designed by architects Rodrigo Duque Motta as a series of seven geodesic dome tents.

Recently, the hotel has added four wooden cabanas, each intended as a private observatory and space for introspection. Perching very lightly on the landscape, the cabins negotiate the views of the valley and mountain from opposing sides. Their stilt-like foundations are sympathetic to the surrounding vegetation and topographical variations in the land, and the upper roof decks accentuate their privileged position within the site’s geography...

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Connection to Site: Qualico Family Centre by TEN Architectural Group

Connection to Site: Qualico Family Centre by TEN Architectural Group | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The towering elm trees and gentle meadows of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park have for generations formed an inspiring backdrop to the city’s collective memory.

The Qualico Family Centre connects to the temporality of this landscape, evolving, growing and decaying in harmony with the natural rhythms of its surroundings.

With time, materials will allow the architecture to mature, growing into its site. The zinc fascia will patina to a soft grey, and a permanent record of local weather patterns will be imprinted distinctly on facades clad with weathering steel. Wood soffits of locally-salvaged elm  will weather & a vegetated roof, planted with local grasses, will grow to become a raised piece of the forest floor.

As seasons pass, the reflected colors of the forest transform the building and redefine the experience of interior space. The angular forms channel harsh winter winds in specific ways, shaping snow into extensions of the structure.


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