stratifications hotel belvedere

the hotel belvedere extension demonstrates how architecture can also make a statement in the midst of the landscape, participating in it and enhancing its forms. set at the edge of the forest, the design for the hotel, chosen in a private competition, creates a single circular building that echoes the lines of the rocky slope and is constructed in cement that has been mixed with red porphyry to recall the hue of the reddish soil in the surrounding area. the place-as-form blurs the boundaries between landscape and architecture, merging construction and context. the building contains twenty-six suites with loggias that create an interplay of shadows and light, triggering an open-ended dialogue based on perpetual interactions between interior spaces and the landscape outside. a series of pillars punctuates the façade, chiming with the loggias. set at the point where the curved volume accommodating the suites meets the extension at an angle, the rectilinear area of the car park incorporates one entrance per floor from the steep main road, mirroring the site’s morphology. natural light and specially designed lighting fixtures, together with a carefully chosen colour palette and varying texturing for the walls, ranging from fine-grained, sandblasted sections to rough surfaces, create an overall space that resonates in every nook and cranny, enlivening guests’ experience of the architecture.

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