Madrid firm OOIIO has designed a lopsided photo frame-shaped hotel that appears to have crashed into a cliff face near Lima in Peru.
The Unbalanced Hotel by OOIIO is to be built on the edge of a cliff near the city of Lima and will offer visitors a five star hotel experience. The hotel is designed to frame the views out over the Pacific Ocean like a picture frame.
"A hotel with these characteristics and dimensions constructed in a traditional way would be a visual barrier," said the architects. "But, thanks to its [the hotel's] peculiar shape, the landscape is now even more relevant - we have framed it!"
The leaning building will sink into the ground on one of its corners, and it will feature 125 rooms, restaurants, conference rooms, meeting rooms and exhibition spaces.
Sergio Gómez of OOIIO architects told Dezeen today that the firm's private Latin American client is currently seeking a more suitable location for the hotel - originally planned for south of Peru's capital city.
A meeting is to be held in Peru during October where a site will be selected. OOIIO told Dezeen that once approved, the Unbalanced Hotel will take up to two and a half years to complete.
Other unusual hotel designs that we've featured include a hotel in China that nestles into the 100 metre-high rock face of an abandoned water-filled quarry, a 300-metre "space hotel" that features a zero-gravity spa and vertical wind tunnel, near Barcelona, and the world's largest underwater hotel planned for Dubai.
Here's more information from OOIIO:
Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has developed a landmark hotel building in Lima, Perú.
We have designed this singular hotel for a Latin American promoter interested in creating a unique, innovative and worldwide recognisable building with a moderate investment.
The building is located in Lima, a city which is enjoying nowadays a constant growth.
The plot is located in front of the Pacific Ocean, in a quiet area outside of the city centre, hanging on a cliff with a relative height that appears due to the proximity of the Andes to the Pacific Ocean.
This interesting topography is what we take advantage of to start the hotel design.
A hotel with these characteristics and dimensions constructed in a traditional way would be a visual barrier, so we bet on a frame building that hosts a huge program that could block the ocean's view, but thanks to its peculiar shape, the landscape is now even more relevant, we have framed it! And the observer will appreciate both, sea and land through our building.
The outstanding building silhouette immediately grabs pedestrian’s attention and it becomes actually a landmark for the more than 8 million inhabitants of Lima, and the whole Peru.
The building has 125 rooms but there are an important percentage dedicated to restaurants, conference rooms, meeting rooms, exhibitions, etc. the unique building's shape will be the perfect frame to attract people and activities into it.
This hotel achieves an extra profitability due to the surprising, interesting and original design.
Status: Design Development
Location: Lima, Peru
Area: 16.070 m2
Design: OOIIO Architecture
Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Lourdes Martinez Nieto, Cristina Vicario del Cojo, Patricia Moreno Blasco