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    Mecanismo designed Hotel Akelarre in Spain. Picture: Kike Palacios

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    Mecanismo designed Hotel Akelarre in Spain. Picture: Kike Palacios

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    Mecanismo designed Hotel Akelarre in Spain. Picture: Kike Palacios

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    Mecanismo designed Hotel Akelarre in Spain. Picture: Kike Palacios

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    Mecanismo designed Hotel Akelarre in Spain. Picture: Kike Palacios

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Three Michelin star restaurant expands with hotel

Magda Ibrahim
01 Mar 2019

Mecanismo designed Hotel Akelarre in Spain to complement a three Michelin-star restaurant.

The team used natural materials including stone, wood and linen to respect the surrounding nature, while investigating new techniques for their manipulation to characterise the project. 

The hotel is located a few kilometres away from the centre of San Sebastián, on the north side of mount Igueldo, facing the Cantabric Sea and wrapping the building that hosts the famous three Michelin star restaurant Akelarre.

Five stone cubicles emerge from the hillside of the mountain towards the sea, containing twenty-two rooms over two levels.

Slightly sunk on the deck of stone cubicles, six spaces integrate the hotel terraces, which are carved in stone and join the rest of the platform by a planked space and gardened areas with views of the horizon. 

The hotel’s Oteiza snack bar depicts a divergent style from the restaurant, with lighting that welcomes the panorama from the windows. 

The lounge uses warm textures, light, and materials, and has access to the deck and terraces with their remarkable views. 

The wine cellar is conceived in two areas: as a tasting room and as a store, divided by curved glass.

The tall table for wine tasting prevails the space, and the lighting highlights the presence of the bottles as the most important elements of the restaurant’s wine cellar. 

The wellness space has been differentiated by a curved glass enclosure. A wet area includes a luxury swimming pool in stone, as well as a sauna and Turkish bath; and an additional area with three independent capsules created by an innovative constructive system in stone. 

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