A beautiful site with beautiful views deserves to be appreciated and the Atra Doftana hotel in Prahova, Romania knows a thing or two about how this can be achieved. The spot was perfect for a hotel. The site has gentle slopes complemented by flat surfaces and it’s close to a mountain lake and panoramic views of a valley and the mountains and forests that surround it. Tecon Architects took the time to explore the land before coming up with a plan. This is the design that they ended up creating.
The hotel was completed in 2011 and takes full advantage of its location, the topography of the site as well as the views. The building is organized into two main volumes. One of them houses the guest rooms and the entrance while the other accommodates the common areas such as a dining area, a living and lounge space and a kitchen.
To maximize the views, the architects designed the hotel with a series of underground and above ground spaces but also a set of cantilevered areas. This also allowed them to establish a nice dialogue between the building and the landscape that surrounds it. This is the cantilevered section of the hotel. It stands on red metal stilts and. forms a protected outdoor extension for the spaces below.
The parts of the hotel that rise above the access point of the site get to enjoy the greatest views. The guest rooms are strategically positioned to make the most of the views. They’re lined up along the green roof and they each have direct access outdoors, featuring small wooden decks and full-height windows that bring the outdoors in.
From the outside, you can also notice a distinction between the private and the public areas of the hotel. The guest rooms are clad in wood while the living and dining spaces are clad in stone. This selection of materials further enhances the close connection between the hotel and its surroundings. As far as the interior design is concerned, the palette of colors are materials is simple and beautifully balanced and perfectly chosen to complement each function.