The design of this Eco-Hotel in the desert of New-Mexico is inspired by the geometry of spiral galaxies and the ancient cave dwellings of Matmata, Tunisia (used as Luke Skywalker’s home in the movie Star Wars). Its swirling movement shapes both the landscape and the iconic roof pointing to the sky.
Eco-Resort, Desert of New-Mexico
Eco-Resort: External View of the roof in the landscape with casa bubble for stargazing at night
Eco Resort: Aerial View of the Eco-Hotel, Creating an Oasis in the desert
Eco-Resort: communal table with grill and hanging chimney in the entrance hall.
Eco-Resort: Aerial Night View showing the “tataouine” rooms and corridors around central spiral roof.
Eco-Resort Solar Strategy for roof – Only letting sunrays through the roof at specific times.
Eco-Resort: Environemental Strategy, Solar Chimney and water cooling techinques
LOCATION DONA ANA, NEW MEXICO
CLIENT VIRGIN GALACTIC
Arthur Mamou-Mani, Savvas Havatzias, Jack Munroe
Stephen Melville, Harri Lewis, Neil Clements (environmental engineer)
This is a resort for contemporary Bedouins looking for an oasis in the desert, an eco-friendly retreat to relax and stargaze. The 10 troglodytic suites are arranged around a central open lounge offering a cool and humid climate created by the tall slender zinc roof and the waterfalls around its edges.
In the centre is a grill for warm dinners cooked in front of the guests by a high-profile chef. Each room is accessed by a private corridor dug inside the landscape, providing a complete privacy and a magical experience.