In Eastern tip, one of the main tourist destinations of Uruguay, in 2010 the Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld designed the stage Fasano Las Piedras hotel complex – hotel. Inserted in a rocky and arid landscape, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, the hotel consists of private residences and bungalows, spread over a large area as well as other services such as a spa, an equestrian center, golf and polo courses, as well as such as the beach that develops on the shore of the Maldonado stream.
The natural context was the main source of inspiration for the project, both in terms of the view and the choice of materials. The large boulders, which protrude from the ground as individual elements of this rugged territory, inspired the planimetric organization of the complex. The different residential units and volumes that make up the tourist complex have been distributed throughout the territory in the form of isolated modules. The solution adopted by the architects was fundamental to contain the size of the new residential settlements. Instead of a single large multifunctional building which would have affected this rugged landscape excessively, small volumes were designed in harmony with the context and fitted into it as harmoniously as possible. Just a key element, the Fasano restaurant – and the most important of the tourist complex as it is the nerve center of all the different activities – dominates the highest and most panoramic point in the area, a position from which visitors can enjoy a view of the surrounding landscapes.
Less than ten years after this first intervention, Estúdio Obra Prima, the architecture studio founded in 2005 in Uruguay by the architect Caroline Proto and today directed by it in collaboration with architects Juliana Bassani and Stephanie Andrade, has been entrusted with the expansion of the complex. Caroline Proto’s studio had participated in the original project designed by the architect Isay Weinfeld and continued the intervention by adopting an architectural approach respectful of the pre-existing elements and the natural context in which the Fasano Las Piedras is inserted.
The extension designed by Estúdio Obra Prima’s architects consists of 10 new suites and apartments, with associated leisure areas, which extend the tourist offer to the twenty or so bungalows already present in the hotel zone. The new residential units were built in a single building connected to the iconic Fasano restaurant. This allows guests to enjoy – from the highest point of the property – stunning views of the entire resort complex and the wilderness in which it is immersed. The project designed by Estúdio Obra Prima integrated the new Locanda Fasano structure with the rest of the hotel complex, bringing together in the new volume the residential units with a series of leisure areas, including the solarium, living room, bar and private pool, all integrated with each other to ensure maximum of comfort for the guests of the structure.
Faithful to the basic elements that had guided the initial project of the architect Isay Weinfeld and in order to integrate the new extension into the existing tourist complex, the architects mainly used wood and iron as building materials. When possible, these were integrated with natural elements such as rocks or spontaneous plants growing on the territory.
Images courtesy of Estúdio Obra Prima, photo by Gustavo Sosa
Location: Fasano Las Piedras – Punta del Este – Uruguay
Built area: 2500 m²
Studio: Estúdio Obra Prima
Architecture: Carolina Proto – Fernanda Schuch – Juliana Bassani Lamachia
Management: Estúdio Obra Prima
Construction: Sureste Construcciones SA
Interior: Carolina Proto – Fernanda Schuch – Juliana Bassani Lamachia
Team: Fernando Nieto – Alessandra Vaz – Diego Graziadei – Paula Curi Hallal – Guilherme Milman
Photos: Gustavo Sosa