The main objective of this project is to assist in eco-tourist attraction to Dilijan (Armenia) by constructing a state-of-the-art resort, while preserving landscape and natural ecosystem. Construction of this resort will aid in solving the lack of lodging for tourists.
Dilijan is known for its beautiful landscape, clean air and mineral waters. It is an attractive tourism and recreation destination. People come here from all over the world to enjoy the nature and to see relic landmarks. The city unfortunately lacks comfortable lodging to accommodate all the tourists. That is why in 2009 a plan was created to construct additional lodging options.
The construction area is planned at the city entrance on the bank of Ovajur River and is surrounded by Dilijan National Park. Hence, the eco-resort construction plan seems the most appealing to attract tourists. Ecotourism implies trips to national pristine areas to enjoy the local landscape, flora and fauna while having a minimal impact to the local ecosystem.
Analysis of adjacent buildings assists in drawing a conclusion that the local architecture is intertwined with the nature. Local architecture features low-rise buildings, using natural materials such as wood and stone and efficient use of open space for terraces and balconies. Folk elements in the local architecture aid in its natural merge into the city context.
Architectural solution results from the analysis of local natural and climatic features. The buildings naturally blend with the surrounding landscape, as if it is following rocky relief making an impression of a fracture or an exposed bare rock among the lush vegetation.
Eco-resort naturally merges with the environment, stipulates the usage of pollutant-free materials, are nature-friendly, and utilize energy-efficient technologies.
Every unit of the building is not only interconnected and work as a whole, but also designed to be in concordance with the environment. This satisfies the requirements of ecological design principles we followed while working on the project.
The Eco-resort project includes units (hotel, fitness center, recreation, spa) built as a single building. All units are interconnected. Hotel rooms stretch throughout the building on southern and south-western sides from the 2nd to the 7th floor. Recreational zones are in the vicinity of the hotel rooms. Main unit has a conservatory, green zone, occupying a single space from the 1st to the 6th floor and creating a natural microclimate inside of the building. Fitness center is in the basement and in the first floor of the building. It has entrances from inside as well as from the outside. The spa is on the 2nd floor and the recreational zones are disseminated throughout the building. The building has also separate zones for rest, fitness and recreation. The basement stretches throughout the entire building with separate entrances, and it is connected with service facilities of all units. Parking lot is located in the basement.