Kuara Hotel by David Guerra

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Kuara

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Hotel

INSPIRATION:
Kuara, meaning sun for the indigenous Tupi-Guarani. The house of Tupan, the supreme god. Kuara Delivers, every day, energy, heat, life, all elements that make Bahia, the province on which the portuguese discoverers disembarked in Brazil. The Brazilian, indigenous at first, but not only, mixed through dozens of generations, in an ethnic pluralism, bringing an unique diversity to our people, strength in a fascinating narrative about the roots of this country.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The architecture, thought primordially in establishing solid symbiosis with the richness of the reserve, in a vernacular and modern construction, also answers to the sophistication, essential to every refugee destined for leisure and resting. Therefore, the briefing asked for a modern and established project, which could underline the privilege of being constructed in a preserved rain forest area. This dialogue merges with architectural and interior details, that rescues the Brazilian bossa.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Privacy, intimacy, and silence were key words in the program of necessities. Also, the sounds from the waves and birds, the aroma of the vegetation and the sea, and of course the unforgettable views from the very preserved coastline, were treated as untouchable, and make the stay in Kuara not only a time of opportunity and relaxing, but active experience of contact with nature.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Arraial DAjuda, Brazil, in 2010, and finished on site in 2017. The hotel inaugurated in the end of 2017.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
In the choosing of materials, it has become necessary to use diversity, in the search for interaction, with great focus in the beauty of wood, in its natural state, executed with perfection by carpenters, whom were disciples of the master Zanine Caldas. The work is abundant in the surfaces, such as floor and walls, as well as architectural elements like venetians, brise soleils, and standard panels, with species like cumaru, tatajuba, ipe and peroba.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The complexity demanded not just the rough work of experienced carpenters, but the creation of an entire workshop on site to optimize the job. Bamboo, natural fibers, straw, wicker, leather, Brazilian stones, and other handmade elements counterbalance with Florim stones, imported from Italy, used in floors and bathrooms, which despite presenting an industrialized production of the highest standard, still presents the sensation of natural rock, without the inconvenient of water infiltration.

TAGS:
hotel, brazil, tropical, wood, sun, nature, bahia

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This lush nature is inserted on site, since way before the idea of an occupation. An organic composition, which main axis is the Mucuge river. The rain forest flourishes in conjunction with the mangue (a kind of swamp endemic for this region, which hosts a unique biome), between the famous cliffs of Arraial DAjuda. The 200 meters of beach take us to the unforgettable horizon offered by the Atlantic Ocean, on which, about 500 years ago, the portuguese caravelas came from the west, beginning a new phase on Brazilian history.

CHALLENGE:
This richness of memory and diversity could not be ignored, opting, thereby, for the preservation of all native vegetation, using the structure of the old hotel to build the new one on the same places as the old buildings. The landscape architecture takes that into account.

ADDED DATE:
2019-06-24 19:03:01

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Jefferson Gurgel, Nínive Resende, Bernardo Hauck and Letícia Thibau

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Jomar Bragança
Image #2: Jomar Bragança
Image #3: Jomar Bragança
Image #4: Jomar Bragança
Image #5: Jomar Bragança
Video Credits: Coletivo Imaginário

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
David Guerra Arquitetura e Interiores

PROFILE:
David Guerra has graduated in Architecture by the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in 1991. He has worked with Freusa Zechmeister and was Fernando Graça’s partner in interior design projects. He founded his office in 2002 and, since then, develops works in the residential architecture, commercial, institutional, interiors and furniture design area. David Believes that a good project can’t miss a great interactive relation with the customer, full of affection, humor and observation. He searches in this interaction the creative, the elegant, the essential, without following only trends. Likes the mix that provides a space full of soul, memories, concept and identity. A space that would be personal, unique and unforgetable.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Kuara Hotel by David Guerra is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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Kuara Hotel by David Guerra is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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