Designed by architects Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera for the desert-like landscape of Navarre, Spain, the Hotel Aire de Bardenas is composed of a series of small dwellings that overlook a wheat field. To take advantage of the spectacular views, the architects designed alcove beds that jut out from the rooms, forming a platform along the sill of the window...
The design and construction of the beds is simple: each window is fitted with solar filters, while the sills are lined with plywood and furnished with mattresses and pillows. Oriented towards the northeast, the window beds avoid harsh direct sunlight.
López and Rivera describe the beds as "inhabitable windows," where guests can read, watch TV, contemplate views, or sleep. Rooms also include more private beds located away from views.
For more information about the hotel and its alcove beds, check out:
• Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera Arquitectes
• Hotel Aire de Bardenas
• Wallpaper Magazine's Review of the Hotel
• Photos and Review from Yatzer