Les Echasses Eco-Lodge
Patrick Arotcharen Architecte has designed an eco-lodge. 8 luxury lodges on stilts surrounding a private lake. Les Echasses is a typical boutique hotel opening July 2015. The place is privately owned and entirely designed and built around the idea to connect or reconnect you with the amazing nature of the South Landes / Basque Country giving you access to some of the best golfing and surfing experiences in Europe.
The Hotel is situated on a 4 hectares site in the middle of a pine forest in the South Landes. There are 8 lodges built on stilts to welcome couples (they are the “modges”) and a larger lodge where a family with four children will be very comfortable. There is also a restaurant, a swimming pool, golfing and surfing infrastructures surrounding a private lake.
“Les Echasses are a 4 stars hotel committed to sustainable development ; but for us it’s above all a place created to receive our guests as we would love to be received ourselves. It is a multicultural place, open to the outside world that will always put quality ahead of quantity reflecting our likes and interests in music, cooking, surfing and photography. Les Echasses has been designed as a place to share and meet; generous and open in its presentation. Les Echasses is our home, a place where we welcome our guests, our friends and our relatives. It’s a window into the territory around us, promoting its culture, language, gastronomy and relaxed ambiance.” – Les Echasses
“We have an orchard, a library (not really, rather “a large choice of books”), open air reading space, and plenty of space for simply relaxing. We will soon have beehives, a spa, and a tree hut under construction to view Les Echasses from high above the ground.” – Les Echasses
Patrick Arotcharen Architecte:
Right in the heart of the Landes region of France, this hotel installation interacts with a landscaped tableau where human intervention is in dialogue with nature. The first stage of the project consists in transforming the existing lake into a landscape of dunes crowned with slender pines: the dredged sand is heaped up around the edges of the lake in order to create little bays where the bungalows lie. Built in wood, these are characterised by a notably prismatic arrangement which favours openings onto the lake whilst conserving the privacy of the occupants.
The pavilion’s oblique lines, as well as the reception building’s, form a contrast with the rounded dunes and the linear canopy behind. The harmony between the constructions and the environment is not built on imitation: the architecture and the site are defined by a contrasting homology. Placed over the water that mirrors them, these small, autonomous units are a point in the landscape and allow nature to form a continuous milieu. Different pathways snake between the hills and, through the variety of perspectives on offer on the site, this feeling is confirmed.
The project was developed with the aim of using as many local resources as possible (maritime pines_Landes Forest). Constructed in timber and steel, the material elements respond to the desire to reduce the architectural impact within this landscape.
Project name: Les Echasses
Location: 701 route de la Bruyere , 40230 Saubion , France
Coordinates: 43.679745, -1.349580
Type: Lodge & Tented Camp
Accommodations/Hotel Size: 8 luxury lodges
Project area: 997 sqm
Completion Year: 2015
Opening Date: July 2015
Visit Les Echasses’s Website: here
Client / Owner / Developer: Les Echasses
- Patrick Arotcharen Architecte – 4 Rue Monrejau, 64100 Bayonne, France
Design: Patrick Arotcharen and Julie Pimenta de Miranda
Landscape Architect: EMF Marti Franch
Manufacturers: Vmzinc, RAICO
Text Description: © Courtesy of Patrick Arotcharen Architecte, Les Echasses
Images: © Patrick Arotcharen Architecte, Les Echasses, Vincent Monthiers , Mathieu Choiselat