Oftentimes, choosing contemporary lodgings means having to stay in a cold, featureless high-rise building that's about as connected to nature as a block of cement - not so with the Hotel Sotelia in Podcetrtek, Slovenia. The jagged, artistic structures that make up the complex mimic the surrounding hills and are blanketed with grassy green roofs. Designed by Enota, the low-lying group of buildings blends seamlessly into the landscape and allow guests to enjoy the forest surrounding them without giving up any of the amenities that you would expect at a modern hotel.
Sotelia lies between two existing hotels, making use of the once unoccupied space. While its sister hotels are pretty standard airport-area Holiday Inn style buildings, <a href="Enota chose to take Sotelia in a totally new direction by letting the surrounding nature, instead of the man made structures, influence its form. As such, one of the primary concerns was to shun a massive block-like building (as is typical of many hotels). The end result was a volume that is broken up into smaller units arranged in landscape-hugging tiers. Thus, the four storey, 150-room hotel has the appearance of a much lower, more intimate structure.
From afar, the hotel’s form resembles a red mountain range with jagged peaks and ridges. Upon closer inspection, the facade’s vertical wooden slats are visible, giving it a modern appeal. In addition to the green roofs, there are planted balconies and wooden terraces for guests to take in the idyllic scenery.