Scattered Hotel is a thesis project, created during second year of my Master of Architecture Degree in Bauhaus University of Architecture. The task was to define remoteness and respond to it with an architectural solution.
To me, remoteness is a common need of being secluded, which is now related to travelling, more than at any time before. When travelling it is easy to be anonymous, to detach yourself from your own life, but you may find hard to experience remoteness in a crowd of busy tourists.
In my project I confront my definition of remoteness as a secluded space with a phenomenon of growing tourism. To examine it deeply for a site I picked the region that posted the highest increase in arrivals of tourists in Europe which
My project is a hotel. An untypical hotel, which consists of remote structures, scattered all around the island. It is dedicated to backpackers, who hike from one room to another.
Iceland is a country in more than 98% wild and rural area. It's nature is breath-taking, but weather conditions are unpredictable. That’s why Icelandic rescue teams, in the early half of the last century, constructed ‘rescue huts’ that are scattered all around the island.
The huts vary in shape, colors and structures. They are a representation of vernacular Icelandic architecture, surrounded by an infinite wilderness.
They are placed near remote hiking routes, high mountain roads, the coastline, or generally anywhere people are most likely to get themselves into trouble.
However, nowadays, the huts lost their importance and are not in use anymore, left over as abandoned structures.
By adapting the abandoned huts, I would create a ‘Scattered Hotel’. A chain where each hut is an individual room in the hotel. Each one would be situated within walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place for hiking backpackers.
You can see completed thesis booklet here.