Hotel, Pisa, Italy (5th year)
Phase I : Master plan
An Ex-industrial area in the south-west part of the city Pisa, Italy. A mixed-use district planed in the Ex glass fabric (Saint Gobain) site. The mixed used area includes (from north to south) : Commercial area Residential buildings Student residence Social urban garden Hotel Artificial hill ( Parking, outdoor theater, Handmade art laboratories)
The main guideline of the project is a green park/garden, with shape of the number 8, at the center of the project in order to have a green lung which allows a comfortable, pleasant, clear and simple movement inside the new block within it`s different uses. The central green park will be used as a connecting element between the various buildings and their different uses, which eventually ,will be developed around it.
The commercial center and the big supermarket are located at the north part of the area. Faced to the main road, in a way they are visible and can be used also by the other residences of other districts in the area. Going south, there are 4 "blocks" of residential buildings in an I letter shape. The form was selected mainly from the need to create two inner gardens, that will "filter" the public space from the privet space. The social urban garden was created from the structure of an old fabric that was found in the central-east of the site. We decided to leave only the metal structure and create the social urban garden in it.
On the south-west part of the area we created an artificial green hill, which has several functions... The main idea was to create an high element that will hide visually and prevent noise coming from the drink manufacture fabric which located very close to the area in the south-west direction. The artificial green hill functions as a visual and acoustic barrier for the new district. The hill side faced to the central park has been used for an open outdoor theater. The two building inserted at the hill from both sides of the theater was created for handmade art laboratories. Moreover, inside the hill we created a public parking. On the top of the hill we created a passer-by route which connect the hotel from the south-east to the students residence block at the west of the area.
Phase II : Architectural project - Hotel
The hotel was designed with a star-shape plan. In order to achieve the maximum inner-outer relation. That way all the hotel rooms are located at the perimeter of the plan with a central corridor that leads to the heart of the building. The stairs and elevators are located in the center of the building and makes its rigid structural core. The ground floor is a 6 meter height element which merge all the 3 "arms" of the star-shape plan in one big ambient which includes: ---The main Hall+ reception -Cafe-bar lounge -Conference room -Breakfast restaurant
The hotel has 5 typologies of rooms to offer: Standard double room, Twin room, Disable double room, Triple room and luxury suite. At the top of the building, at the 17 floor is located a restaurant with 360 degrees view, at the 18 floor are located the gym and the spa. And on the top floor a sun roof with a swimming pool, bar and resting space...
Two of the building arms has horizontal white shading elements which become horizontal white balconies in the third arm. There is an evidential contrast was made between the dark glass of the windows and the white metal panels was used for the horizontal shading elements.