A peaceful few days by the sea near Girona in a hotel hiding a green ethos behind its high-design walls – the first hotel in Europe to receive LEED certification. With the benefit of a perfect centre-bay site, surrounded by pines, the original 1907 building and new additions are connected and wrapped by dry-planting and vegetable gardens. What you see is an age-old sympathetic fabric of plaster, stone, corten, cement tile and natural fibres, behind which are the less visible but vital systems to allow tourism to eco-exist with environmental respect: water management and recycling, herbs and veg grown organically on site or close by, kitchen waste composting, PVC and formaldehyde-free materials, natural ventilation and solar panels. A thoroughly local experience, and an example of how to design well in and for all senses.
If visiting don't miss Mar d'Empuries Beach Bar practically in the sea, drinks & music, treading lightly.
Spotted: Marset Jaima lamps.
Hostal Spa Empuries
L'Escala, Costa Brava
Design Francesco Ranocchi
In collaboration with Eco Intelligent Growth
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design