Jun 1, 2010

'RYNTOVT', MARK #26 June/July 2010

Mark Magazine
Publisher: Frame PublishersAmsterdam
ISSN: 1574-6453

Form meets material and practical functionality along the Orel riverbank, 30 km from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where the new Ecohotel ‘Friend House’ by Ryntovt Design was completed using ‘ecologically harmless’ materials of clay, reed and wood; essentially every sustainable fanatic’s fantasy. With most building sustainability programmes, a structure is regulated by a number of points awarded for ‘sustainable components’. Ryntovt shuffled aside these points and created a hotel made completely of renewable resources, whose beauty resides in its natural setting. Consequently, the hotel defies the notion of a building as a machine.

The hotel avoids the sustainable-kitsch category due to its preconstruction research. Explains Yuriy Ryntovt: ‘During the process of siting, we took an ideological analysis of how the region was used, which allowed us to take into account the earth’s energy-information field conception. The hotel is space, reflected in details, surrounded by wildlife. We designed the project’s construction moulds from wood, shell and stone. And by intercommunicating with the environment–with forest and river–the eco-cover of the building is in morphogenesis with the natural landscape.’

Trend forecasters summarize the current state of affairs in design as having a renewed interest in the past, and a more balanced life with authentic features and experiences. If this concept is grasped within the architecture field, it might ultimately bring built structures back to the decorated shed; zero energy consumption, and far from the notion of the building as a machine that is so clearly rooted in modernism.