April 8, 2013
This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury and Popular Choice Awards in the hotel/resort category, along with the architecture + sustainability category. See the full list of winners here.
Chile-based AATA Arquitectos was working on designing prefab modules for the local mining industry when a slightly different commission came along: Easter Island, a special territory off Chile and home to Rapa Nui National Park needed an ecologically sensitive new tourist complex, and AATA stepped up to the challenge.
While the firm’s first impulse was to utilize the exact modules produced for mining, the concept was abandoned when further research revealed that the site required something different. The concept of using prefabricated modules, however, stayed with AATA. “Easter Island or Rapa Nui is a very fragile ecosystem,” explained the firm, “which is why our approach to the design, construction, and operation of the cabins was to be as minimal[ly] invasive to the environment … as possible.” Learn more about the project after the jump.