Main ingredients concerning inspiration for this project are vernacular architecture (common sense of building on a non-forgiving mountain: steep roofs, materiality and experience of vernacular architects), natural geometry of the mountain ambience (steep slopes, cone shape of pine trees), tactility and warmth of a mountain hut. These inspirations were then filtered and adapted to contemporary standards of architectural design.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Our projects objective was to create recreational, hospitality and restaurant/bar contents in a non-urban, mountain ambience. The hotel is situated between the capital city of B&H and mountain Trebević, famous for being one of the location of the Winter Olympics held in 1984. The restaurant/bar area was to be designed for both big events and every day small scale use, respecting a tight construction schedule and a reasonable budget.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Compositionally speaking, Hotel Pino consists of two bodies: a primary horizontal cube in which public facilities are housed and vertical volume – the tower, which contains exclusively guestrooms. Circulation of guests dominates in the main cube that contains an access point, a spa with swimming pool, conference rooms, kid playrooms and a restaurant. Guest rooms are located along the perimeter of the main building and they receive daylight through the addition of roof spikes.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Architectural design started in 2013, the construction phase ended in fall/winter 2015 and the venue opened at end of 2015. Hotel Pino is situated on the slopes of Mount Trebević on 1070 m altitude, built on the ruins of Sarajevo’s favorite hiking resort – Prvi Šumar (in English: First Forester), ten minutes by car from the city center. It was published on local and international shows (Architects Association of BiH – Sarajevo, Salon of Architecture Belgrade, Venice Biennale of architecture – IN Practice sessions, European hotel design award, London 2016 – final selection)
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The main responsible way of building on a mountain requires adaptation to climate and geographical conditions. Lessons from the local vernacular architectural language were the key inspiration in the form finding of the exterior appearance of the building. Steep spikes on the facade are an interpretation of roofs of mountain village houses and the silhouettes of pine trees. The main building volume rests on a stone cladded base – again citing tradition and the tripartite division of the composition of the object – legs / body / head – stone / wood / glass. Wooden shingles, from our previous experiences proved to be sustainable, durable and economical covering material on the mountain. Scratched below the surface, the support structure of the building is made of reinforced concrete – the dualism of these two materials is further interpreted through the interior – warm wooden surfaces communicate with rough, rustic concrete. Previously described tactility of materials goes side by side with the use of photo-wallpaper – the image is still returning to architecture as a scenographic and decorative moment.
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