LAN Architecture has revealed its design for a modernist hotel and residential complex in Chile, in the barren landscape of the Atacama desert.
Spread over three levels and dug partially into a hillside, the design appears to float above the contour lines and is orientated to the west, parallel to the slope.
The residence area is divided into two horizontal sections: an upper zone dedicated to the guests’ rooms and an upper zone with common areas.
The building will use a steel skeleton structure with columns, steel trusses, lightweight infill and composite steel floors. This allows for a high degree of prefabrication and a limitation of labour time on site.
The Atacama desert, which extends from the Peru-Chile border in South America, is known as the driest desert in the world.