Against the 100-hectare natural backdrop of the majestic “Los Puertos de Beceite” natural park of the region of Matarraña in Spain, Solo Houses is a skilful blend of architecture, works of art, and landscape paths created especially for the site. Standing as the first collection of architecture in Europe, Solo Houses invites holidaymakers and visitors to take on an immersive artistic and architectural journey. This can be done by staying shortly at the Solo Hotel – the centrepiece of the Solo community. Chilean architect Smiljan Radic designed this villa or one of the outstanding buildings designed by young international architects in the New Garde movement. Designed for both an individual and collective experience, Solo Houses promotes a distinct architectural experience complemented by exclusive cultural activities covering art, cinema, nature, sport, and cuisine, including a site-specific landscape curated by Bas Smets and a cultural program curated by Hans Ulrich-Obrist.
Smiljan Radic (born summer solstice, 1965, in Santiago) is an internationally recognized Chilean architect of Croatian heritage. Radic completed his architecture in 1989 from the Catholic University of Chile and established his firm in the year 1995. Many of his projects are small-scale, like dwellings and installation designs that bridge various cultural traditions. Radic was selected to style the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
The Solo Houses project has just announced the incorporation of the Venta d’Aubert Winery in Crete, Spain, and, therefore, the construction of a hotel designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. The planning is created on a level above the surface of the earth, upholding the architect’s vision to respect nature while not altering the site’s natural topography, giving users a singular experience and introducing a fresh, practical approach to protecting the environment while also creating innovative new building methods. Solo Hotel is also considered to become a centrepiece of the community and a catalyst for the booming tourism and cultural activities around the project. After observing the remains of a hawthorn wood board that was wont to make wooden pegs, resulting from one among the sculptures by Marcela Correa, who collaborates with Smiljan Radic regularly, the shape that will give rise to the Solo Hotel project consolidated, allowing him to develop a site strategy that generates a minimal impact on the terrain. The planning is produced on a level maintaining the idea of the architect to respect nature without disturbing the natural terrain of the site providing the users with a unique experience and a new workable strategy of respecting nature and producing new ways of building structures.
Against the wild landscape of low mountains, grey rocks, and pine forests, an easy slab of black-pigmented concrete is suspended on piles 50 centimetres above the ground. This provides the appearance of the hotel leaning forward. This slab marks a populated area in the middle of nature, isolating it without separating it from the natural environment that constantly invades it. It creates edges that generate a hybrid of natural and artificial organizations that are recognizable. An easy slab of black-coloured concrete is suspended on piles above the ground in contrast to the untamed scenery of low mountains, grey boulders, and pine forests. A specific level of the hotel is raised above the ground so that the users can enjoy the natural beauty of the environment from the hotel. The planning seeks to generate an individual and collective experience. It favours the thought of a unique architectural experience that combines exclusive cultural activities related to art, cinema, nature, viticulture, sport, and gastronomy. Each user can enjoy a singular environment without losing the cultural activities that relate to the arts and nature, thus giving them an exquisite experience of life in a new way.
Solo Houses may be a project located in a majestic natural park of 200 hectares, which positions Crete, located within the Matarraña region of Spain, as a high-level tourist destination. The project, still under development, combines architecture, art, and landscaping, making it the primary collection of architecture in Europe. It offers a definite, innovative, and immersive tourism experience, where the Solo Hotel is going to be the protagonist alongside the gardens designed by Bas Smets and the cultural program directed by Hans Ulrich-Obrist. Still, under development, this project will combine architecture and art, in addition to landscaping, making it the primary collection of architecture in Europe that will combine these elements. Solo Houses may be a project located in a majestic natural park of 200 hectares, which positions Crete, located within the Matarraña region of Spain, as a high-level tourist destination. The project, still under development, combines architecture, art, and landscaping, making it the primary collection of architecture in Europe. It offers a definite, innovative, and immersive tourism experience, where the Solo Hotel is going to be the protagonist alongside the gardens designed by Bas Smets and the cultural program directed by Hans Ulrich-Obrist. Still, under development, this project will combine architecture and art, in addition to landscaping, making it the primary collection of architecture in Europe that will combine these elements.
In addition, the works of various outstanding architects and artists stand out, with two houses by Pezo Von Ellrischausen and Office KGDVS and contemporary art exhibit spaces. The hotel and the winery will be added to consolidate the project. There’s no doubt that these proposals represent a significant commitment to land management, regenerative agriculture, and the enhancement of the region and its agricultural tradition. A new step towards the architecture of maintaining nature and creating an awestruck structure is emerging and creating an impact through it.