Greetings from Ecuador! 🙂
Today we are sharing with you a luxury shipping container hotel in Ecuador is still under construction as of 2018. Felipe Escudero’s Hotel
Mamallacta sits peacefully in the breathtaking landscape of Ecuador with stunning photos by Edgar Davila Soto. This shipping container hotel set at 3,800 meters above sea level is located in Papallacta, Ecuador. The groundbreaking infrastructure is surrounded by a volcanic Andean landscape and sits where temperatures are low and humidity is high.
The lower floor is sunk underground in order to minimize the visual impact of the building in a beautiful natural area. The excavation resembles a giant footprint and allows the lower floor to gather heat from the earth. Its stepped perimeter walls change in shape to respond to different activities and to protect the lower floor from strong winds.
Clients requested part of the project to be made out of recycled containers. Like Antarctic penguins in the winter, containers are tightly arranged on the second floor to maintain thermal mass. This arrangement also provides all rooms with framed views of the natural landscape. Every room has a rock-shaped bathtub that is filled with natural hot spring water that rises up from underground streams and is collected in the perimeter of the site.
The project aims to resolve the lack of hotel and restaurant amenities in an area that is full of natural hot spring pools. The lower floor is composed of a reception, a local food restaurant and a bar, and the upper floor is composed of bedrooms and quieter lounges. The building includes a rooftop farm and solar panels.
Mamallacta means “Mother Earth” in the local indigenous language, Quechua. The hotel’s graphic design was done by Maria Jose Rodriguez, who emphasized the idea that for pre-Hispanic cultures, natural elements were considered Gods. These Gods were represented in Myths as having both human and animal features. Elements of that graphic design are incorporated in the architecture like in the entrance medallion-shaped signage and in the lounge’s wall tiles. The turquoise color of metal containers was inspired by popular local architecture while the reddish brown of pigmented concrete in the lower floors is meant to resemble an archeological digging of the earth.
This project emphasizes the importance of generating as little of an impact in a natural surrounding as possible. For that to be achieved, both the prefabricated nature of the containers and the construction system itself aims to disturb the building’s surroundings as little as possible. Through passive energy gathering and a conscious use of the resources found both nearby and within the building, Mamallacta sits peacefully in its breathtaking natural surroundings.
So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂
Information Source: Architizer