If Hobbits built a luxury hotel , it would probably look something like the new design concept from Stefano Boeri Architetti’s (SBA) hill-inspired Mountain Forest Hotel , a 250-room vertical forest that appears to grow right out of the surrounding landscape.
This is actually SBA’s third vertical forest design , the first prototype appearing in Milan , which was then followed up with The Tower of the Cedars in Lausanne , Switzerland. While the Mountain Forest Hotel uses many of the same design principles as those previous efforts , the hotel has been specifically designed from and inspired by Guizhou , China’s topography , an area known as the 10 thousand peaks valley. The specific design of the hotel looks to reconstruct a former hill that was flattened out years ago.
SBA does not view these vertical forests as a gimmick or a novelty , but , instead , a necessity. “The symbiosis between man , architecture and nature is the real sustainability ,” SBA writes about the project on its website. “Following the first prototype in Milan , then in Lausanne , the Vertical Forest is continuously consolidated as a model for a sustainable urbanization.”
Symbiosis and sustainability may be the key , but this is still designed as a luxury hotel , meaning it includes such features as a gym , lounge , VIP area , bar , restaurant , and conference room.