Spread-out hotels are hotels whose rooms are located in old buildings within a historic town centre.
This project provides new rooms to a spread-out hotel in the heart of a small town in northern Sardinia by refurbishing two old houses close to the castle. The crux of this design experiment is the usual conflict between heritage restoration and energy efficiency improvement, that usually implies heavy interventions to enhance daylighting and ventilation.
The project tries to pursue a low-carbon strategy through a configuration that combines energy efficiency, heritage, and grey energy preservation.
Refurbishment usually operates against time, bringing back a building to its original state - if such a thing exists.
In this project we tried the other way round, accepting the consequences of the flowing of time, and drawing on them to improve privacy, day lighting and ventilation in an otherwise dense spatial structure. It pursues at once spatial richness, emissions reduction and thermal comfort.
Its distinctive mark is the serendipitous use of some accidents as climatic device. It refuses the ideological attitude to reverse decay, while embraces it as an opportunity for prospective spatial transformations.
Although the new courtyards reduce the area of the building, the whole approach seems a viable solution in places afflicted by demographic decline and an interesting way to adapt the traditional compact typologies to the prospective climate change with its soaring of temperatures.
Architettura e Pianificazione s.r.l.
Francesco Spanedda (team leader)
Collaborators: Massimiliano Campus, Silvia Farris. Consultant: Antonio Serra (Energy).