The rural hotel in Spain is situated in the vineyards of inland Spain. It is characterised by its minimal impact on the environment. Commonly, for works that are exceptionally well integrated into their environment, the solution has often been to reconstruct both; tampering the evidence. The country hotel Sobre Bancales is integrated within the existing landscape and aligned with the contours of the ground. With this is mind, the building is partially sunken, which also affords the complex excellent bioclimatic characteristics.
Traditionally, on terraces created in Mediterranean agriculture, the ground on the sides of the mountains was altered to create a flat platform that was easier to cultivate. The broad sunken platforms created in the project serve as a space for the rooms and communal areas of the complex, reminiscent of the traditional Mediterranean terraces.
The extension of the complex by superimposing the volume in a U-shape allows it to integrate and blend into the landscape. As a result, the project’s large dimensions are interpreted as an integral part of the wine-growing scenery.
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