The hotel Consolación, located in Teruel, Spain designed by the firm of Camprubí i Santacana Arquitectes is an innovative project comprising a central house containing the services and communal areas, plus ten rooms built independently. The hotel, which has borrowed the name of the hermitage, is notable for its close links with the natural world.
The rooms are not classical hotel bedrooms but individual cubes clad with wood, set 100 m from the hotel’s central nucleus on a hillside reached via a natural garden of rosemary and thyme. They are called kubes: 36 sq. m of simple, almost minimalist architecture.
Each kube has a large west-facing window and terrace, framing a view exclusively confined to rolling hills shrouded in pine trees, with not a single building in sight.
All the spaces in the central nucleus are flexible, as well as being interconnected to establish a sense of overall unity. Thus, the rest area can be used as a lounge or meeting room, while the reception turns into a bar at night.
The interior design in the Consolación is marked by its sensuality and comfort. Most of the fixed furniture forms part of the architecture. Warm, noble materials such as slate, copper-treated pine, wengue timber and metal sheeting dominate both the bedrooms and the central nucleus.
The Consolación is a small hotel with just twelve rooms. Ten of these are kubes and the other two occupy the first floor of the hermitage’s old residence – a baroque building, like the church, although the hermitage is much older (14th century).
The project is rounded off by an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the entire landscape, in a setting of the utmost privacy and peacefulness.