Submission: January 30, 2023
Registration: January 30, 2023
Prizes: Please see details below
How can humans occupy spaces that inspire harmony with the natural environment? What can we, as designers, do to accomplish this and create architecture that avoids destruction of the natural world while also benefitting our environmental impact?
We now live in a world where architecture takes valuable resources and causes destruction of the natural environment. We are looking for a design scheme that builds a connection between humans and nature and gives back to our natural surroundings, rather than only taking from them.
Our brief asks for an innovative and creative design focusing on the user experience and connection to the surrounding nature, wildlife and existing village with a minimal environmental impact. We are looking for a special and unique piece of architecture that will inspire future designs.
Challenge: design a vernacular and fully sustainable eco-hotel balancing on the edge of the dramatic cliffs of the Pre-Pyrenees. The site is located next to the small mountain village of Tavertet, Catalonia.
The challenge is to create a sustainable, environmentally conscious structure, or set of structures that sit peacefully, teetering at the edge of the cliffs, providing an emotive experience for visitors. The design should take its inspiration from the natural setting and connect with its surroundings, allowing visitors to have an immersive experience, both inside and outside of the hotel, of the dramatic scenery and wildlife that surrounds them.
The hotel will consist of a reception space, a communal area and private rooms. Each space should provide an opportunity for visitors to temporarily leave the burden of modern day life to reconnect and interact with nature.
The architecture should carefully consider the abundance wildlife of the area and the impact that any buildings may have on the natural flora and fauna of the Natural Park.
Larsen Liverpool Limited are an environmentally and sustainability minded company and we are determined to make the world a better place than we found it by reducing our global impact and carbon footprint.
One tree will be planted in a key reforestation project for each participant that signs up to one of our competitions.