photographer: Gustavo Valencia
Guatapé is situated approximately 2 hours drive north east from Medellin in a region with exceptional conditions for ecological tourism development.
The site spans over 16,000m2 of steep slopes with a wide variety of vegetation; between open grass fields and areas fully covered by native pine forests.
The project consists of a series of houses immerged in nature offering the visitors an escape from the agitated city life. The program includes a chapel, and a main building with restaurant, lounge and other hotel-resort related facilities. All structures are connected by ecological pathways that travel across the site.
Each house is conceived as small independent structure of approximately 100m2 half buried in the terrain, seeming as if the structure emerged from it; allowing the grass hills to become the roof of the house.
Every room within the house is opened towards the landscape and incorporates elements from traditional colonial architecture such as perimeter corridors which are reinterpreted as decks and terraces hanging over the slopes and establishing a transition threshold between interior and exterior.
Design team: Orlando Garcia (Design Architect)
Juan David Botero (Project Architect)
Luis Echeverri (Project Architect)
Project partners: Structural Engineer: Jorge Aristizabal
Mechanical Engineer: Casa Sana Ltda.
Contractor: Ing. Natalia Garcia M. / Ing. Orlando Garcia R.