Country Hotel, Pittsburgh (USA)

This scheme for a luxury hotel, some 80 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, USA, offers panoramic views of the Pennsylvanian countryside. A series of concrete blocks and floor slabs articulate the project - the former housing the services and utilities, the latter the bedrooms and recreation facilities.

The building’s horizontality defines its mood, its presence in the landscape. Two monolithic slabs organize the lower level, grounding the hotel in its surroundings; while the upper section, housing the bedrooms, is tectonically lighter, with slender floor plates and full height glazing on all four sides.

The hotel's upper composition is setback and right aligned, creating a generous ground floor decking area, which, in turn, creates a strong inside/outside dynamic with the hotel’s high-end bar and restaurant.