Private contest -1st prize | Évora 2008
Ecork is a Hotel in Évora , Portugal , with a spa , health club , gym, restaurant , bar , conference rooms , outdoor pool and 56 bungalows .
Built on a set of cork and olive trees, the general plan is inspired in the Medieval villages of the Alentejo, where it was common to find a main complex ( Castle ) and several white buildings around it .
Influenced by the vernacular and Arabic architecture, is created a monolithic volume with small openings to the outside ,which together with cork coating , fully recyclable , ensures thermal protection of the building .
This is where the services and hotel facilities are aggregated.
Built around a large courtyard ,the layout is designed so as to take advantage of cross- winds and air circulation , thus reducing power consumption to the minimum necessary .
In order to ensure the lowest possible occupation and overview of the Alentejo Landscape, outdoor pool and bar are located on the roof of the building .
All 56 bungalows are suites .
Their deployment, scattered among the olive trees around the property is defined by the structure of internal thoroughfares .
These paths are read as a series of abstract volumes and surfaces, plastered and whitewashed.