Manshausen Island Resort (Hospitality, Sport, Hotel, Wellness/Spa) by Snorre Stinessen
2016 - 2017, Platinum A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The design inspiration was the client brief and the natural elements and surroundings of the site. We analysed the practical needs that had to be answered and all design features endeavour to answer to practical functions and/or the experience of the nature and surroundings, while keeping the individual guests comfortably sheltered.
The resort was planned and laid out in consideraton of the Island´s topography. The positioning and orientation of all the cabins is based on the consideration of their individual panoramic views and privacy for the guests. The cabins are designed to offer their guests shelter and comfort while at the same time underlining the dramatic experience of the elements outside; the sea, landscape, changing lights, weather and different seasons. Design included masterplan, building design and interiors.
Design Challenges
Location is remote and weather, temperatures etc allows only a limited period for construction during summer months. The design had to consider not only the estethics and functions of the buildings and resort, but also logistical restrictions (size, weight etc of elements), construction period and available resources at the site. Design process also had to calculate harsh weather, hurricane wind-force, wave heights, snow, ice etc.
Production Technology
Main planning issues were amongst others the nature of the remote site, both in terms of logistics and harsh weather conditions (durability). To withstand the salty and wet environment we chose to use carefully selected wood (that could remain untreated), glass with sufficient insulation values and toughening and aluminium roof cladding. In answer to the limited window for construction on site the cabins were designed and produced in Cross Laminated Timber elements. A prototype was set up in factory prior to final construction and shipment. Shipment limitations and also limited access to crane etc on the Island dictated limitations in size and weight of elements. Foundations and infrastructure were prepared prior to arrival of elements. Calculations included fastening in the natural surroundings and cantilever over the sea. Metal sheet roof cladding is clamped around steel bracket to avoid tearing by hurricane winds, glass is glued to the outside of the facade to give minimum tugging points for wind and a slick surface towards water penetration. Cabins have double layer CLT wood; inner constructive core of pine and outer weather skin of high quality larch, gluing etc is selected particularly to withstand water and wear over time.
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