Amongst the dunes of Fuerteventura’s coast, the stout volumetry of this hotel fades with a pyramidal contour which evokes that of Lobos island. Mass tourism allowed Fisac to study concrete prefabrication at a large scale.
“It was commissioned by a German firm that wanted a five-star hotel with a capacity for 700 guests. It was an opportunity to use flexible concrete massively and I suggested using screens to delimit the terraces laterally, so that from each room one could see 120º of landscape but not its neighbors; that is why the panels were T-shaped slabs, of 4 meters, the width of the room, by 3.06 meters, the floor height. They were poured on site, and a crane placed them on the structure, so that, as soon as the panels were installed, the building was already finished: it is a strange facade, but it was unnecessary to finish it off, or paint it. When the investors came to see it, we laughed a lot, because they said: We have done this in Germany and it has been a flop, because plastic grows old so soon!; that is, they mistook the finish of the flexible formwork with that of a plastic panel and could not believe it when we told them it was white concrete, a material that stays well for over thirty years.”... [+]