It's not easy to find the delicate balance between enjoying a beautiful landscape and destroying it - particularly not in the mountains, where humans require extra tools for adaptation. Challenged for a competition to fashion a hotel in the Beskid Mountains, dd Architekci sought to create an eye-catching, hyper-functional design with a gentle ecological footprint. The resulting serpent-shaped hotel for Laliki gently coils around the site's contours, demonstrating ultimate respect for both guests and nature.
“We started the project with an analysis of the building plot and its shape because we decided to fit our building into the way of the land as much as possible concurrently taking maximum advantage of its assets,” said Dariusz Dudek, the architecture firm’s founder. “Due to this fact, we were able to organically start creating a soft shape surrounding a raise on the plot and fitting the level grids perfectly.”
He said the desire to achieve attractive views throughout the three-story hotel also shaped the hotel’s unique design, adding that the S shape also gave the building a sense of flow and openness – both visually and functionally. The various floors can function together as a “single organism,” according to the designer, or separately as needed. The lowest level is devoted to shared areas – the reception, restaurants, a hall and a recreation center. Guests rooms are alone on the first floor while a conference center and cafe occupy the top floor.
Material choice played an important role in the design. Borne out of a desire to create an organic form that is connected with the landscape and community, dd Architekci opted for a timber building to be sourced locally.
“It’s the wood that influences the form, but most of all the way the mountain architecture is experienced,” Dudek said. “Its structure, warmth and construction properties paint a picture of authentic mountain buildings.”
The materials contribute to the hotel’s peaceful aesthetic, which is possible despite its overall girth of 10,000 square meters,