Spring Hotels Design Challenge

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SHDC - 1064
Yildiz Technical University / tr Turkey
3 members
Egehan Savgı
İhsan Erdem Er
mehmet emin turan

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The maritime culture was always an important element of Tenerife's history, which is obviously a common characteristic of an island. However, as Tenerife is the most important part of the Canary Islands, its geographical location contributes to this cultural reality. Since the end of the medieval period, ships have mostly used Tenerife as a stopover on voyages between Europe and the Americas. In contemporary times, the touristic attraction of Tenerife adds another dimension to this situation.

The relationship between the tourists and the island can be likened to the relationship a pier and ships in a metaphorical way. A pier is where ships arrive temporarily and leave their passengers for a short period of time. The sense of an arrival, a short stay between the sea and the land; an ephemeral experience is a common phenomenon for a pier, just like tourists experience the island for a short time.

The main objective of Spring Hotels Design Challenge, along with the designing the landscape of the hotels, is to create a new and unique experience of leisure. Designing this leisure space required a conceptual framework, not to create a "theme park", but to form contemporary spatial elements creating the landscape. Thus, the concept of "Pier" was proposed. As a matter of fact, the site of the hotel is not located on the shore, but the relationship between the elevated platforms of our proposal and the natural topography is similar to the relationship between a pier and the sea.

The Pier: elevated platforms were created for numerous reasons. The natural topography of the area was fragmented with specialized activities and areas according to the slope. The Pier integrates the different areas and activities as an additional pedestrian route above the ground. On the ground, it provides shaded seating and activity areas. It also indicates the diagonal axis between the vertical element and the hotel. The vertical element is placed on the west corner of the site, the nearest point to the main street, to attract the tourists. An additional entrance may be provided from this point. Pier modules may also provide additional seating areas for visitors. Vertical circulation and water slide modules create the connection between pools, ground and the platforms.

Historical piers and traditional architecture of Tenerife provided inspirations for the material realization of landscape elements. These historical perspectives were not examined to create historical replicas or derivate forms but to provide spatial experience and materiality.

Specialized areas are gathered around the gastronomy center at the central point of the site. A big canopy is placed on the open dining areas, which will be shaded with wood elements and canvas curtain between them. Main pedestrian axis intersects with this central area which reaches to open areas at the hotel. The raised platform works like a Pier, but it is brought ashore. It is the main idea of the proposal.

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