Mamula Island by weStudio








Mamula Island is an exquisite lodge situated in Kotor, Montenegro, designed in 2022 by MCM and weStudio.






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Description

Rising out of the Adriatic Sea off the northwestern coast of Montenegro, Mamula Island cuts a hanging determine in opposition to the wealthy blue waters of the Bay of Kotor. In 1853, a fortress was constructed on the island to guard the bay – now a UNESCO World Heritage Web site. At this time, this unbelievable location is a spot to return go to and uncover for your self. The extraordinary construction of the unique fort was the right springboard for us to create a brand new story for Mamula Island.

In designing the interiors for the brand new lodge on the island, our aim was the creation of an area the place the method is a very holistic one: The inside architectural parts, the bespoke furnishings and the tactile components all come collectively to type an surroundings the place each visitor can really feel linked to the place.

All through the design growth course of, we seemed to quite a lot of cultural references to create a contemporary reinterpretation of a retreat. Inspiration ranged from the heritage of native artisanal trades (corresponding to pottery and conventional furnishings joinery strategies) to minimalist mid-century type and summary positive artwork. These influences mixed to create a definite design language: sophistication and refinement interlaced with each the vernacular and a respect for the distinctive character of the island. Likewise, the chosen supplies draw from custom while staying universally trendy and sturdy: assume pure stone, aged brass, stable oak and breathable, natural textiles.

“Harnessing the contemplative environment resonating from the island, our intent was to create a spot of surprise”

The prevalent motif of the unique fort construction is the arch – an emblem of each power and help but in addition renewal and openness. In historic mythology, arches and doorways have been seen as thresholds between time and area, and in additional trendy instances as symbols of the expansiveness of the sky. In our want to create an immersive expertise for the company of Mamula Island, the recurring archways of the fort are recreated all through the inside areas. Moreover, the arch motif was the place to begin for our customized made geometrical furnishings line used all through the lodge.

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On Mamula Island, our holistic method to the inside design embraces each the pure panorama and the unique nineteenth century fort. It’s a place of sustainable luxurious, the place objects age superbly as they develop an increasing number of character over time. Harnessing the contemplative environment resonating from the island, our intent was to create a spot of surprise! The place each visitor can take their very own journey to discovering what this exceptional place can provide to them.

The situation

The prevalent motif of the unique fort construction is the arch – an emblem of each power and help but in addition renewal and openness. In historic mythology, arches and doorways have been seen as thresholds between time and area, and in additional trendy instances as symbols of the expansiveness of the sky. In our want to create an immersive expertise for the company of Mamula Island, the recurring archways of the fort are recreated all through the inside areas. Moreover, the arch motif was the place to begin for our customized made geometrical furnishings line used all through the lodge.

Design/artwork motion inspiration

All through the design growth course of, we seemed to quite a lot of cultural references to create a contemporary reinterpretation of a retreat. Inspiration ranged from the heritage of native artisanal trades (corresponding to pottery and conventional furnishings joinery strategies) to minimalist mid-century type and summary positive artwork. These influences mixed to create a definite design language: sophistication and refinement interlaced with each the vernacular and a respect for the distinctive character of the island. Likewise, the chosen supplies draw from custom while staying universally trendy and sturdy: assume pure stone, aged brass, stable oak and breathable, natural textiles.

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What have been a number of the challenges confronted throughout the design course of?

One of many challenges we needed to face throughout the redesigning technique of a historic web site have been restrictions that we needed to abide to. There have been some compromises we needed to come up to be able to not intervene with the constructing’s structure. Staying true to its historical past was an incentive, we needed to seize the spirit of the place with out adjusting it to our wants.

One other impediment relating to the placement itself is the weather surrounding the island. As a result of altering climate like wind and storms the island was on an event inaccessible to go to. The logistics of deliveries made us respect the character and its unpredictability.

Is there one thing you might be significantly pleased with design-wise?

We’re pleased with the ultimate results of the inside design all through the entire resort. We executed the concept of the holistic design, the place all of the areas resonate with one another. The general concept was to make use of comparable supplies however differentiating the areas in keeping with their use, so it’s calming however thrilling on the similar time. That method we now have achieved a ‘visible echoing’ impact to really feel snug and secure each time the visitor goes. We created a temper of range in similarity.

What manufacturers/designers are showcased (furnishings, lighting, and so on.)?

Gubi, Roda, Santa&Cole, Flos, Menu, and bespoke furnishings designed by weStudio

What supplies and shade palette have you ever used?

We settled on the pure, natural, respiration supplies like wooden, stone and pure materials. They embody nature and authenticity that comes with it. Within the resort’s SPA we settled on the domestically sourced stone to match the contemplative/meditative spirit of the place. In several room classes we launched totally different stone sorts so that each room tells a separate narrative for each visitor. The color palette attracts immediately from the island’s panorama. Pure, earthy tones combine with vivid hues in a coherent, but barely contrasting, concord.

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What’s your design motto?

We work contextually researching the historic and geographical context of a web site to create a brand new, holistic expertise whereas staying true to the place’s previous. We wish to create visible narratives to permit the visitor to immerse themselves within the surroundings.

Customized-made furnishings, textiles, and so on.?

We developed a set of bespoke furnishings particularly for this resort. The arch motif was the place to begin for our customized made geometrical furnishings line used all through the lodge. The artisanal strategy of joinery, the place there aren’t any screws or glue used have been an inspiration for building and a few of their particulars.

Artwork

We participated within the technique of artwork route and number of artworks. The ultimate contact of the interiors are particulars like artwork and equipment, which we had a possibility to introduce. We needed to realize the unified really feel concerning the place. That’s the reason we reached out to the native artist asking to create artwork and artisans to provide the objects to mix into the area thorough.

Structure of the rooms

Structure of the rooms was decided principally by the on-site structure. We designed 5 totally different room classes, however the identical class rooms and suites differ from each other because of the room’s specifics. They’re all designed to serve properly inside the format and to get most out of the Mamula expertise.

Supplies used which can be native or salvaged

All of the woodwork and wooden for furnishings used within the lodge is domestically sourced and comes from the realm of the island. We additionally launched Cevsky stone into the area’s design to include supplies which can be domestically sourced. It fitted completely with the concept of bringing genuine supplies to the place of honesty.

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