Mivka Hotel Resort in Bled, Slovenia / by enota

Mivka Hotel Resort in Bled, Slovenia / by enota

The hotel is located on a relatively large area in the middle of a forest, completely sheltered from the influence of its environment and surrounded only by beautiful nature. It represents a peaceful oasis, which is still close to the concentrated tourist offering found nearby. The principal guideline for the design of the hotel was thus providing a perfect natural experience. The guest choosing this resort for their destination is given a sensation of total connection with nature that surrounds them. And what is needed for such – 100% natural experience?

Mivka Hotel Resort in Bled, Slovenia / by enota
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100% view on nature; A perfect view on nature means a view of nothing but nature. If it is self-understood that the users of the hotel shouldn’t be able to see a main road near the resort, it is crucial for them not to see the access road to the hotel itself, either. It is important that, there is an unobstructed view on nature also from each programme cluster available for use by the guests without them also seeing the users of other programmes.

Mivka Hotel Resort in Bled, Slovenia / by enota
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100% natural lighting; when ensuring a perfect contact with nature, it is not only important how the users see the nature from the interior spaces outwards but obviously also how the nature penetrates the spaces from outside. In this regard, the most important natural influence is quality daytime lighting. The requirement is thus ample natural lighting in all spaces intended for the guests, including the communications.

Mivka Hotel Resort in Bled, Slovenia / by enota
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100% sense of privacy; The feeling of being connected with nature is one’s intimate relationship. In order to nurture it, a great measure of privacy needs to be provided to the guests. The large mass of the building is broken up into smaller sections with the users never seeing more than one or two sections at any one time due to their curved shape. The concave design of the sections envelops the different programmes and defines the space intended for them. It ensures privacy to the users and prevents the views from crossing with the activities of adjacent programme cluster. The guests perceive the
large, homogenous hotel as an aggregation of smaller independent units.

Mivka Hotel Resort in Bled, Slovenia / by enota
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100% natural appearance; Not lastly, the appearance of the building itself is important in stimulating the natural experience. The building has to blend with the environment in which it is placed. This is ensured by the organic design and consistent use of natural materials. The use of unprotected timber on the facade in particular holds a direct dialogue with the forest that surrounds the hotel. The vertical timber elements give emphasis to the curved lines of the principal volume, prevent views from the side, and act as a connecting element of sorts between the intimacy of the interior space and the
warmth of the nature that enfolds it.

project: Mivka Hotel Resort
type: invited competition
year: 2010
status: finished
size: 17.689 m2
client: Michaeler & Partner
location: Bled, Slovenia
architecture: Enota
project team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Alja Černe,
Maruša Zupančič, Andrej Oblak, Nebojša Vertovšek,
Polona Ruparčič

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