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Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel / Rodrigo Duque Motta

  • 01:00 - 2 July, 2012
Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel / Rodrigo Duque Motta
Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel / Rodrigo Duque Motta, © Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

© Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma © Cristóbal Palma +20

From the architect. Elqui Domos is a small 10-year-old hotel located in the heart of Valle del Elqui, a narrow valley stretched in between the Andes Mountains.The valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies and pleasant weather, as well as for its great potential for wine growing, astronomy, and tourism.

Site Plan 01
Site Plan 01

The Hotel comprises several single wooden-structured cabins that provide translucent fabric domes, enabling an experience that encourages a close connection with nature as well as unique night-sky viewing –through the cabins’ roof hatches–while lying beneath the stars.

© Cinema Arquitectura
© Cinema Arquitectura

The project’s commission included remodeling the existing seven domes, the restaurant-lobby and the addition of several newcabins, in order to maximize the site’s potential. Our main challenge was to carry out an intervention that would improve the domes’ living condition while highlighting the elements that make this hotel so unique.

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

To refashion the existing rooms, we emphasized the role of the terrace as main living area, and highlighted a specific sense of lightness –usually found in textile architecture– by placing the cabins’ volumes barely sitting on the land, reminiscent of foreign artifacts used for sleeping, dominating the landscape, or staring at the stars.

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma

For the new bedrooms (first build stage) the idea was to come up with a room type that would provide a complementary alternative ­–with better living standards than the fabric domes–, that would make better use of the available land, while maintaining and enhancing the conditions that make Elqui Domos such a special experience.

Cottage Section 02 01
Cottage Section 02 01

The fact that the new rooms had to be placed exactly where the topography changes –between the vast vegetation of the valley and the harsh, dry mountain overhang– called for bringing this condition to light. To achieve this, we conceived a type of cabin that was raised above the ground and had an inside graded space, which would negotiate the two different views –valleyand mountains– by opposing two glass walls across the entire width of the cabin. The transparent wall that shows the mountains was suggested as a junction between wall and sky, angled in a way that would allow it’s peak to be seen from anywhere within the cabin. At the same time it would allow to recreate the feel of lying beneath the stars the existing dome cabins provide. The roof deck was the fina lelement, placed so that it revives the dominant and privileged position of the cabins towards the geography.  

© Cristóbal Palma
© Cristóbal Palma
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel / Rodrigo Duque Motta" 02 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/249790/elqui-domos-astronomical-hotel-rodrigo-duque-motta/>
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Agustin Ruiz Vargas · July 18, 2012

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Gilda Eliana Diaz · July 18, 2012

Astronomy and architecture make cool combo for a hotel in Chile http://t.co/gFCFURu0

Astho Setyo Sasono · July 18, 2012

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Dean Phillips · July 15, 2012

http://t.co/Mv80qKRD This Astronomical Hotel in Chile is built for star-gazing. More photos by @EstudioPalma at http://t.co/CVF3xMVX

Esteban Zárate · July 12, 2012

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Utako Tanebe · July 10, 2012

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Amr Abotawila · July 10, 2012

Astronomical Hotel :) http://t.co/CeTcc0g1 #Chile #Architecture

ACINTAarq · July 09, 2012

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Erik Buijs · July 09, 2012

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Lana Merrill · July 09, 2012

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INS PANAMA · July 09, 2012

Interesantes cabañas en proyecto hotelero-astronomico en cordillera chilena. A nosotros nos gusto, Diafrutenlo!. - http://t.co/cvO9yhtA

TessyBritton · July 09, 2012

Astronomical Hotel - an experience that encourages a close connection with nature as well as unique night-sky viewing http://t.co/5ImU0gJB

AllAboutDoor&Windows · July 06, 2012

The windows in these Andes Mountain cabins are intended for stargazing--how awesome... we&#39re in love: http://t.co/v2sb2okD

Philomena Harmsworth · July 05, 2012

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Louise Mounier · July 04, 2012

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Konrad Hamala · July 04, 2012

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Cinemarquitectura · July 04, 2012

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Abdallah AlShareef · July 04, 2012

http://t.co/Mv80qKRD This Astronomical Hotel in Chile is built for star-gazing. More photos by @EstudioPalma at http://t.co/CVF3xMVX

Javier Hermida · July 04, 2012

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Lisanne Whalen · July 04, 2012

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Isidro Iglesias · July 04, 2012

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James Lemanis · July 03, 2012

What a great concept for a #hotel: lying and gazing up at the stars...
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#architecture #Chile

Charlotte? · July 03, 2012

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Kyle Pederson · July 03, 2012

http://t.co/vI0sPIjG -It&#39s like Paul Rudolph minus the concrete. Awesome. I&#39d stay there! #Architecture #engl326

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