In view of the upcoming UHA – Croatian Architects’ Association Awards, just like last year, we present you with the nominated realizations contending for the awards for most successful realizations of the year, “Viktor Kovačić” – for most successful architectural realization, “Drago Galić” for most successful realization in the field of residential architecture and the “Bernardo Bernardi” for the most successful realization in the field of modeling and interior design.
The awards will be granted at the opening of the Annual Exhibition of Realizations by Croatian Architects’, on December 17th, 2011 at the Oranžerija Gallery in Vukovar.
Today we present the realization nominated for the “Viktor Kovačić” Award– for most successful architectural realization in the last year.
Hotel Lone, the first Croatian designer hotel, is situated in the park forest Monte Mulini, the most attractive tourist zone in Rovinj, in the direct vicinity of the legendary Hotel Eden and the new hotel Monte Mulini. The hotel’s immediate surroundings are a unique and protected region of the Monte Mulini forest in the Lone Bay.
The architectural team behind the Hotel is the 3LHD Studio, while the interior and movable settings were intentionally designed and selected for all Hotel content so as to achieve a clear and recognizable identity. The designers from the Grupa Numen / For Use designed the furniture. The textile décor and the design of the employees’ uniforms were created by the fashion studio I-GLE. The textile graphics within the rooms were designed by the artist Silvio Vujičić. The art installations in the hotel’s lobbies are the work of Ivana Franke – “Room for Running Ghosts”, Silvije Vujičić – “In the Hanging Garden No One Speaks” and the fashion studio I-GLE – textile compositions No.1, No.2, No.3. Studio92 is responsible for the Wellness & Spa Center, while the Hotel landscaping was defined by Studio Kappo. The Bruketa&Žinić OM Agency conceived and created the visual identity of the Hotel.
The Hotel’s identity is recognized through the Hotel’s façade defined by dominant horizontal lines – terrace railings designed to evoke images of slanted boat decks. The building’s floor-plates contract from level to level in an upward motion, thus creating an elevation tapered at all angles. The site’s complex terrain with dramatic altitude changes determined the locations of the interior facility premises through a dynamic intertwining of public areas and guest suites at all levels. The specific “Y”-shaped layout enabled a rational & functional organizational scheme; quality vistas from all rooms; as well as grouping public facilities around a central vertical lobby. The main lobby connects common spaces on all levels, creating a central volume of impressive height and scale with interesting vistas in and around which all vital functions of the hotel take place.
While designing the interior the surrounding ambiance was selected as the Hotel’s signature visual element thus also defining the interior’s vistas. With that in mind, the Hotel rooms’ walls are covered in mirrored panels, distributed in a random pattern hence reflecting ambient light and the Mediterranean greenery, pulling them deeply into the interior, filling it with the surrounding environment. The greenery is also reflected in the glossy surfaces of ceilings in public areas, intensifying the effect of the surrounding plants. The visually light and open space of the lobby is covered in white stone surfaces and beige-golden fabrics, the oval lines of the railings and furniture enhance the fluid character of the space and are in stark contrast to the intimate undertones of the rooms and suites where the atmosphere is calmer, materials warmer (wood and carpets), the colors darker and lighting dimmer. The entire design of the Hotel is based on contrasts (black-white-wood) and fabrics as the unifying element, varying from a fluid thin veil in the restaurant, through functional but dynamic wall coatings in the rooms, to the richly decorative mural in the lobby.
The key moment can be pinpointed as awareness of the necessity to avoid the sterility characterizing most hotels; that is why the designers used textiles with rich textures and quality oak veneer treated with special eco-friendly lacquers, thus giving the visual and tactile impression of untreated massive wood. This material is usually too rustic but in this rendition it manages to integrate walls and spaces into a harmonious composition through contemporary design and purified, spatially articulated shapes of paneling that overflow into furniture.
The conceptual assumptions used in the design of the Hotel and its interior were inspired by a profound respect towards the achievements of hotel architecture on the Adriatic Coast from the previous century, combining it with a strong modernity expressed primarily in materials, functions and typologies, and subsequently, in architectural forms.
INVESTOR: Maistra d.d.
PROJECT TEAM: Silvije Novak, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Marko Dabrović, Saša Begović, Ljiljana Đorđević, Ines Vlahović, Željko Mohorović, Krunoslav Szorsen, Nives Krsnik Rister, Dijana Vandekar, Tomislav Soldo, Ana Deg
ASSOCIATES: Numen/For Use, I-GLE, Ivana Franke, Silvio Vujičić, Bruketa & Žinić OM, Studop Capo, Studio 92
PHOTOGRAPHS: arhiva 3LHD, Cat Vinton, Miljenko Hegedić
YEAR OF DESIGN: 2006. – 2010.
YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT COMPLETION: 2011.
CONSTRUCTOR: DUCA, STIPČEVIĆ, PLOTER, FRANTO, GORTAN I DR.
LOCATION SURFACE AREA: 22.157 m²
TOTAL LAYOUT SURFACE AREA: 6.017 m²