The ‘B&B hotel Bassin D’Arcachon’ project
A bed and breakfast designed to blend in with the natural environment, the surrounding pine forest.
PROJECT NAME: B&B Hostel
LOCATION: Gujan Mestras, France
PRODUCT: Ventilated Danpal® BRV 16, 1040 mm ice, Clear Softlite, Green, Empire, 1890 m²
ARCHITECT: Arthur Péquin, Blamm Architectes, France
CONTRACTOR: GCEB, France
PHOTOGRAPHER: Arthur Pequin
THE ‘B&B HOTEL BASSIN D’ARCACHON’ PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
THE BRIEF: This contemporary B&B hotel’s underpinning tenet was to enhance the site’s natural landscape and to conserve. The pine trees typical of the area were to be preserved and the modern architecture of the hotel was to blend into the natural surrounding environment.
LOCATION: The hotel sits in the basin of Arcachon, in a semi-urban area of Gujan-Mestras. The area receives good light, mild temperatures and a pine forest fills out the landscape. The B&B hotel faces the road with the pines filling out the backdrop.
ARCHITECT: Paris based, Blamm Architects, value interaction with the environment and conservation. Their aim is to create places that are a meeting point between:
• The natural surroundings;
• Local culture, and;
• The people.
Designed as a monolithic element, the buildings use of multiple applications of long span, glazed Danpalon® facades, gives a dense and vertical effect to the building. The 1040mm ventilated BRV 16 facades were used as wall systems covering 1890 m². Danpalon® exceeded the design objectives, sustainability goals and promoted user comfort.
Various colours of long-span Danpalon® facades were used as dual-purpose wall systems. Ice, clear softlite and green colours were chosen from the Danpalon® palette. Together, the colours pay respect to Gujan-Mestras’ natural environment and the Arcachon Bay.
Clear softlite was used at the back of the hotel to give visitors an uninhibited view of the pine trees outside. The transparent panels opened up and illuminated the interior. All while creating a crisp and vibrant exterior.
The height rises to four floors on the south side and drops to three floors on the north side. This impression of movement brings the structure to life. The Danpal Wall System reflects the forest and at night the translucent walls gives the building both an ambiguous and blurred look.
The facades saved building space by serving as exterior and interior wall systems. This suited the hotel’s brief. Where volume, height and conservation were needed, they were exceeded. This was without sacrificing room needed for hotel functioning and guest comfort.
RESULTS: The B&B Hotel in Gujan-Mestras exudes smart lines and a contemporary finish. The volumetric design and unique material choices give the hotel an edge.
As the light and landscape change throughout each day, so does the feel of the hotel. The facades react to every change of sunlight and cloud cover. As a result, the exterior and interior luminescence, shadows and reflections change. This creates a unique experience for visitors every time they stay at the B&B.
The design succeeded in paying homage to the native environment. The Bay of Arcachon and Gujan-Mestras are represented via the facades’ colours and textures. From a distance, the hotel melds naturally with its pine forest backdrop. Up close, it shimmers and reflects the light and colours of the natural landscape.
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