Lighthouse Sea Hotel
Type: Hospitality, International Competition / Status: Concept Design / Location: Sicily, Italy / Year: 2016
Work in Collaboration / Team: Aslı Aydın, Melis Kocamanoğlu, Alperen Türk
The Lighthouse Sea Hotel is a landscape hotel located in Murro Di Porco, a protected natural area by the sea with the existing rocks and harsh vegetation. The guests will enjoy the sea and the unique landscape in a relaxing environment. The hotel facilities include fourteen detached cabins, twenty-four rooms, a restaurant, bar, meeting space, cafe, swimming pool, spa, sauna, library, gallery space, and piers. The entrance area and the reception are placed in the vicinity of the existing lighthouse, creating a small square with a cafe. The lighthouse functions as a gallery space, while the ruin on the southwest of the lighthouse is converted into a library by inserting a new structure into the existing building. The restaurant and bar are located on the edge of the site with views of the sea and the surrounding landscape.
Pathways connect the units with the restaurant, swimming pool, spa, sauna units and a series of terraces and decks on the shoreline. The rooms are either detached private cabins scattered on-site or grouped following the topographical lines. The scattered arrangement of the detached cabins enables views over the sea and minimizes a massive effect. The cabins are raised off the ground level to reduce their impact on the landscape and existing vegetation. The cabins consist of two flat horizontal surfaces, the roof and slab, and a double-layered exterior skin of sliding glass panels and curtains. When the curtains are closed, the room is strictly private, minimizing interaction with the exterior; when the curtains and the sliding panels are open, the room is visually and physically transparent, maximizing interaction with nature. The double-layered exterior skin of the room enables the visitors to arrange their level of interaction with the existing landscape and creates uninterrupted views. The terrace acts as an in-between space enabling transition between inside and outside, extending the interior to nature when the curtains are open. The hotel rooms, grouped in four blocks, are placed under a habitable slopy roof. The roof is an extension of the existing landscape and creates a new edge line for the topography.