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Spanish Spa Development – design by Amin Taha Architects

10 Sep 2009

Andalucia Hotel

Spa Hotel + Residential Retreat, Andalucia, Spain
Design: Amin Taha Architects

Andalucia Spa Hotel

Andalucia Spa Hotel

Through a competitive interview process of an international shortlist of architects that included Thomas Heatherwick and David Adjaye, Amin Taha Architects were selected to conduct a masterplan for this Residential Hotel Resort. The brief called for a 5** Spa hotel and 200 homes that together would create an all year round retreat community.

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Practice Director Taha says,

“The challenges we saw and highlighted through the interview process were in part related to the design/construction logistics of the very steep site but mostly targeted at how to set a precedent for sustainable development along a coastline that is disappearing under heavy urbanisation? How to avoid destroying the reason for being there in the first place? How to form a believable community with working social spaces that go beyond the serviced apartment concept? ”

“Our approach was to combine planning height guidelines with passive environmental controls mainly through thermal mass. With part cut and part fill the development would essentially be buried under local flora with grey and rainwater storage irrigating the more heavily landscaped social areas. Glazing being set far enough in to avoid solar gain during hotter months but allow it during winter and with cross ventilation brought in using soar chimneys. The ‘dug-in carved-out’ theme is continued with communal pools that join to external terraces and pedestrian routes and expand in areas to create an urban framework. With a hierarchy of public spaces centred at the hotel whose facilities are slightly fragmented to stand alone as it were around the village square.”

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Andalucia Spa Hotel images / information from Amin Taha Architects

Amin Taha Architects are based in London, UK

Amin Taha Architects

Location: Andalucia, Spain

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