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description luxury resort in Istria
category Hospitality
location Motovun, Croatia
built area 7.400 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, Leonidas Kalpaxidis, Myrto Tsarouchi


Munte Project (structural engineers), AEM Tehnika, Ured Ovlastenog Inzenjera Elektrotehnike, Nora Inzenjering d.o.o. (m/e engineers), Zdenko Kovac d.i.a. (local architect), Oberressl & Kantz ZT-GmbH (project manager, structural engineers)


Taras Diachun

Model Photographs

Leonidas Kalpaxidis


Atelier Crilo

client Vinum Optimus & MF Gruppe GmbH
design year 2016
completion year -

The LandHotel is located in the heart of the Istrian peninsula, on a south facing property punctuated by endogenous vegetation, olive and cypress trees and cascading retaining stone walls. The scheme embodies an architecture truly rooted in the land. The stone walls begin in the landscape and continue in the interiors to frame the atrium’s ziggurat-like space and to organise the programmatic spaces that unfold cantilevering, recessed, linear or contained, each level assuming the shape it needs for the minimum excavation and impact on the environment.

Parking and support spaces are accommodated on level -01. Upon a ‘U’ shaped level ±00, the reception, multipurpose shop-cellar and administration facilities open up to the hotel piazza. On the piazza’s forth side, the offset insertion of a ‘found’ object, a reconstructed ‘Konoba’ ‘completes’ the enclosure. Level 01, linear in plan, accommodates on either side of the dramatic atrium space, a spa with fitness and conference facilities. The interiors programmatically extend onto level outdoor terraces in the preserved olive grove. On level 02, below the horizon of the translucent green canopy, the linearity of the plan shifts and recesses onto the next height line. On the western wing, rooms are linearly arranged. On the eastern wing, the bar unfolds as a bridge between the courtyard and the ascending olive grove, and the breath-taking perspective of the Valley below. On the eastern wing, the restaurant offers generous indoor sitting and extensive shaded terraces for outdoor dining. On level 03, the shift in plan continues with hotel rooms arranged across both wings. On level 04, rooms are accommodated on the eastern wing. On the peak of the sloping terrain the six LandVillas linearly offset to one another are inserted into walled-in enclosures.

The Piazza is intended as an event space and viewing platform. Its spatial experience is defined by juxtapositions: between the ‘found’ retaining walls and ‘Konoba’ and the ‘constructed’ of the programmatic platforms. Between the roughness of the stone and the subtlety of the polished reflective surfaces of the glazed façade and hovering canopy. The geometric spacing of the vineyard rows, the rational grid of the olive groves, continuous through the landscape of Motovun, notionally project across the horizon of the translucent canopy, its slender columns and hanging vegetation. As the sun tracks across the sky, the light changes and the visual appearance of the hotel does with it. As a result, the LandHotel appears different, based on the time of day and season one visits.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2023 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria