Recently the Solo Houses group unveiled its project for a hotel designed by the Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, and its acquisition of the Venta d’Aubert winery in the Aragonese municipality of Creta. The gallerists Christian Boudais and Eva Albarrán backed the Solo Houses initiative, which includes a series of site-specific buildings – such as the already built dwellings by Pezo von Ellrischausen and Office KGDVS – as well as spaces for exhibiting contemporary art, surrounded by pine trees and rocky formations. The new constructions will consolidate a complex of almost 200 hectares in the natural environs of Los Puertos de Beceite, located in Teruel province, in the eastern Aragon comarca of Matarraña.
The initial idea behind the form that the hotel took came from the remains of a hawthorn board that was being used to make wooden pegs for one of the sculptures of Marcela Correa, with whom Smiljan Radic often works. This piece of wood was the inspiration in a project that sought to minimize its impact on the terrain. A simple black-pigmented slab of concrete is suspended over wooden posts set 50 centimeters over the natural landscape.