Horizontal hotel composition in Atlantic Forest sports glass-free windows to merge inside and outside space

Designed by Drucker Arquitetura, the Ilheus Resort in Atlantic Forest, Brazil is a low-rise system of bungalows dotted throughout the stunning natural landscape. The Makenna Resort is owned by German businessman Thilo Scheuermann, who shrugged off his former life after falling for the scenic beauty of the Brazilian coastline and opened the Resort last year.

The single-storey properties are composed in elongated horizontal forms from materials such as concrete, which adds a simple yet sophisticated air to the project. The individual structures sport glass-free window frames which aim to blur the boundaries between inside and outside space. Precise in both form and function, these private hotel bungalows allow their occupants to interact with the spectacular surroundings in a passive manner.

A spa and social building form the centre of the resort complex, with the bungalows arranged in a square around them. Drucker Arquitetura explains: “The challenge of this project was to transform a natural place in an architectural space, or build a territory in which the physical landmark is no longer a backdrop to become an active part of their own construction, identifying those key elements of the landscape to emerge through a system of relations that go beyond the visual area of the building.”

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