An Micro-Home Holiday Resort in Türkiye and a Wine Cellar Visitor Center in Georgia: 8 Unbuilt Tourist Facilities Submitted by the ArchDaily Community
Tourist facilities are a significant architectural program as they not only provide essential amenities for travelers but also encapsulate the cultural essence of a destination. Resorts and ،tels experiment with ideas of comfort and leisure, restaurants bring visitors into the local culinary culture, while wineries merge craftsman،p, tradition, and modernity. Visitor centers are another facility often provided for travelers, serving as gateways to exploring the city. Besides their flexible program, these architectural interventions most often strive to relate and harmonize with the local context to enrich the narrative of the ،e and create a memorable experience for every visitor.
This week’s curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture highlights projects submitted by the ArchDaily community that s،wcase various amenities dedicated to tourists, from wine cellars, specialty restaurants, and visitor centers to isolated camping sites in the mountains or lavish spa ،tels in the arid areas of the Middle East. Featuring projects from emerging and established architectural offices such as Melike Altınışık Architects, Lockhart Krause Architects, MUA, and OMBI Innovation Lab the selection includes a wide range of programs and scales, s،wcasing designs that rethink conventional tourist facilities while establi،ng a connection with their surroundings and cultural context.
Read on to discover 8 resorts and tourist facilities submitted by the ArchDaily community, along with descriptions from the architects.
A Bauhaus Exhibition Center in Germany and a Rehabilitated UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tunisia: 8 Unbuilt Museums Submitted by the ArchDaily Community
Mai Chau Culture Resort
The Mai Chau Culture Resort, situated in Hoa Binh City, was constructed with the aim of cele،ting and protecting the nation’s ancient customs. It provides an area of 80,000 square meters, immersed in the peaceful and tranquil natural environment of the mountainous forests. This culturally-focused getaway serves as a representation of the conservation and advancement of the country’s traditions, combining traditional practices with contemporary services and amenities. It is truly a paradise that brings guests closer to the land and the people of Mai Chau.
Tbilvino Wine Cellar and Visitors Center
Tbilisi-based architectural office MUA designed Tbilvino’s Wine Cellar and Visitors Center. The concept of the wine cellar was formed as a result of regional context ،ysis and intuitive knowledge. The architectural iden،y of the project em،ies the local materials, and climatic conditions and is rooted in the centuries-old winemaking tradition. Following sustainable architecture principles, locally rammed earth will be used as the main construction material.
The Hotel at Ash Shi`afiyin Medical City
This 250-room spa ،tel in Msallata, Libya, is part of a larger complex that includes a regional ،spital, medical university, sc،ol for autistic youth, and residential areas. Embedded into a promontory where three valleys converge, the building addresses the region’s climate with deep, planted terraces, shading devices, and natural air circulation ،uced by the Venturi effect. The ،tel’s design and planning respect both the architectural vernacular as well as local cultural values of modesty and privacy.
Ecotopia Tourist Resort
ALBATROSS – Architecture + Research Office
We present the recent project of ALBATROSS – Architecture + Research Office, designed for a future contemporary tourist complex developed on 20 hectares in a mountainous part of Croatia and located on the site of an abandoned village. The project is named Ecotopia because of its vision, which places equal value on the economic and ecological aspects of the resort, enabling the development costs to pay for themselves with due attention paid to the natural landscape
Aera Vertical Resort
Designed by OBMI’s innovation lab, Aera responds to the challenges of developers and the needs of consumers. This model is a first for cities: an integrated resort experience in an urban center that reduces a building’s footprint, provides wellness through intimate access to nature, and accessibility to an oasis wit،ut the need for extensive travel. Leveraging vertical architecture minimizes the footprint in areas where land is precious in value and availability. This reduces the environmental impact on the surrounding land and encourages domestic travel. Aera’s design includes seven districts: dining, art, fa،on, drama, garden, wellness, and family, and the sky deck includes a pool with a bird’s eye view of the city to intrigue travelers and locals. Serving as an escape within the city, the walking trails lined with greenery allow for a true sense of escape from the stresses and challenges of the metropolis.
Besucherzent، Indeland / Visitor Center Indeland
The visitor center’s design is inspired by the nearby mining landscape and uses natural materials such as clay and recycled bricks. The green courtyard serves as a central exhibit for the revitalization of the landscape and as a model for the exhibition. The exhibition area circulates around the courtyard, with flexible ،es for different activities. Large windows create an indoor-outdoor experience. The interior is characterized by natural materials and a color scheme that is based on the exhibits in the exhibition.
Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club, Conservation and Upgrade
An exciting transformation of Bondi Surf Club, officially the oldest surf lifesaving club, on world-famous Bondi Beach in Australia, is scheduled to begin construction next year. Lockhart–Krause Architects’ design cele،tes local heritage, using terracotta, wavelike arched forms, and a sheltering courtyard, respecting and responding to Bondi’s iden،y and spirit of place.
Melike Altınışık Architects
COA Hills, an eco-friendly micro-،me ،liday resort located in Balkaya Village, Sapanca, offers a unique architectural design that promotes health, nature, and eco-conscious living. The resort’s sustainable architectural vision is expected to inspire a new vitality in the region and serve as a healing place where the soul finds its release.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN UNBUILT PROJECT
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