Status: Competition (2017)
Coordinates: 56.606697, 21.088955
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Types: Hotel, Residential
Tradition is a matter of much wider significance. It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labour. It involves, in the first place, the historical sense, which we may call nearly indispensable to anyone who would continue to be a poet beyond his twenty-fifth year; and the historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence; the historical sense compels a man to write not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of the literature of Europe from Homer and within it the whole of the literature of his own country has a simultaneous existence and composes a simultaneous order. This historical sense, which is a sense of the timeless as well as of the temporal and of the timeless and of the temporal together, is what makes a writer traditional. And it is at the same time what makes a writer most acutely conscious of his place in time, of his contemporaneity.
T.S. Eliot 1888–1965. The Sacred Wood. 1921
Materials and structures
The choice of materials is made up of an abacus rather limited in line with the vernacular buildings. Materials used for the structure include punctual concrete foundations and wood beams. The facades are covered with natural birch while the floors are made of pine. All the wood used comes from the nearby forest to allow on-site machining in order to avoid the excessive use of resources for the displacements. All trees will be replanted to avoid deforestation. This choice was made to take advantage of local resources and minimize environmental impact.
The wellness center
The wellness center reacts to the environment through a clear design strategy: introducing inside the landscape but at the same time ensuring the privacy of visitors. The large windows of the hall takes you through the building and perceive the rear portion of the forest, the narrow and high windows allow nature to reflect its colours. Inside and outside become one penetrable space, every space offers pleasant and new visual scenarios.