Friends turn vacant zoo on rocky hill into hotel of glass pods




When the young group of Vivood architects discovered an abandoned animal preserve perched on a hillside in the stunning Guadalest Valley (Alicante, Spain) they knew they’d found a home for their landscape hotel.

With only a year to be up and running (and an angel investor waiting), they began constructing the rooms in a factory in Valencia while simultaneously prepping the land. The design was based on a prefab concept for emergency shelters developed by Vivood founder Daniel Mayo. For the hotel, the design has morphed into wood and glass boxes on stilts that perch lightly on the land and allowing the group to use land without “developing” it.

Today, the 25 suites of the Vivood Landscape Hotel rest only on a foundation of nine minimal piles that can be easily removed so the resulting resort doesn’t affect runoff or impact the land.

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34 Comments

  1. Phresh Ideas + Designs
    April 1, 2018
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    Now this is how great design needs to be executed. Just one with the environment and with as minimal impact as possible.

  2. Linda Lee-Tucker
    April 1, 2018
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    Superb video with beautiful scenery and interesting interview

  3. Miche.
    April 1, 2018
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    this is reaalllly niceee

  4. Mike Vincent
    April 1, 2018
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    I might have missed it, How did they get the water to each house?

  5. akindofmagick
    April 1, 2018
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    What a vision these young people had!!

  6. p s soa
    April 1, 2018
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    Why so many dislikes

  7. Mayra Figueroa
    April 1, 2018
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    This place is beautiful.

  8. Diego Mendi
    April 1, 2018
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    I live 50km away from that place and the whole area is beautiful. My brother spent a weekend at the place and they loved it, perfect place for couples. The only problem he told me about was the lack of privacy in the shower, as they are all visible from the outside :).

  9. Dergueis Equis De
    April 1, 2018
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    Impresionante, no sabía de esto en mi tierra, España, gracias por traerlo. And if it isnt a problem, how many languages do you speak? Because as far as i know, english, spanish and french, quite impressive from my point of view!

  10. Cyndi Foore
    April 1, 2018
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    Es muy bellisimo.

  11. Monica Wilson
    April 2, 2018
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    I’m adding this as one of the places I would love to spend time at. It looks beautiful and peaceful.

  12. Nathaniel Allaire
    April 2, 2018
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    I’m always inspired by your videos. Beautifully and tranquilly presented, concepts are always interesting.

  13. Karen Hancock
    April 2, 2018
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    Wow, I want to go there on vacation!

  14. alekxa90
    April 2, 2018
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    Me encanta

  15. Eduardo Hernandez Ramirez
    April 2, 2018
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    En el Moncayo seria espectacular

  16. Norm K.
    April 2, 2018
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    I didn't notice if they incorporated solar into this project? But repurposing an old zoo seems sensible.

  17. Romano Gitano
    April 2, 2018
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    Indiscutiblemente, no hay reemplazo para la belleza natural. Pues os dire que os felicito por la genial arquitectura que habeis logrado sin estorvar la naturaleza ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Abrazos y hasta luego~
    (Unquestionably, there is no replacement for natural beauty. Needless to say, I congratulate you for the great architecture you have achieved without having to disturbed nature itself)

  18. neverwilliam
    April 2, 2018
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    so so

  19. bellyonthemove
    April 2, 2018
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    this place is beautiful

  20. Robin Souwman
    April 2, 2018
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    Very, very beautiful!

  21. Beth Ann
    April 2, 2018
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    Good for them on preserving nature. 🙂

  22. Luis Figo
    April 2, 2018
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    This is good for depressed people.

  23. Polarbarts
    April 2, 2018
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    Great video Kirsten! 🙂 You should make a video with.. Friluftslivets Gleder .. This guy lives up in Norway. ..Out of his van, but also in nature. A true minimalist. Guess I´m not allowed to post a link to his channel. This guy´s the real deal! Check him out! Looking forward to more videos from you guys! Cheers from Finland 🙂

  24. david weston
    April 2, 2018
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    this might be my favorite youtube channel. relaxing. inspirational. thank you kirsten for making these videos!

  25. Lima Charlie
    April 3, 2018
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    sewage?

  26. Yadira Favela
    April 3, 2018
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    Hermoso lugar solo tengo una duda, para donde corre el drenaje de los sanitarios de cada habitación? Los desechos quedan al aire libre o cuentan con un contenedor o que hacen con ellos ? Si me gustaría saber x q las construcciones ecoamigables siempre omiten esas cosas

  27. Nibbler800
    April 3, 2018
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    Wow… reminds me of a scene from Westworld (orig film version)

  28. Nibbler800
    April 4, 2018
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    Is it safe for children – the door/balcony windows?

  29. emiraydın erkoç
    April 5, 2018
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    It is a modern and peaceful project is intertwined with nature. For those looking for full calmness.. Greetings from Türkiye

  30. Teresa Price
    April 6, 2018
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    Sublimely spectacular…what vision! And what perception, to realize how solitude and quiet is a real luxury these days! <3

  31. Miguel Dbn
    April 7, 2018
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    Escucharle hablar riendo todo el rato cansa.

  32. penguin pie
    April 7, 2018
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    Spanish?

  33. Winter Tyme
    April 9, 2018
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    I don't consider the rooms as 'glass pods'..not at all.

  34. Jasper Chiu
    April 12, 2018
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    City of Glass anyone?….no?

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