Hotel Viura by Designhouses

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For wine connoisseurs, Hotel Viura is the perfect place to stay during a trip to Villabuena de Álava, Spain. The hotel, which has 33 guest rooms and also two bars within the complex, provides a taste of the luxury and cultural richness of the land and industry. The non-orthogonal volumes that compose Hotel Viura, designed by Designhouses, are stacked in a topsy-turvy fashion – as if the entire hotel itself had indulged a little too far on the wineries of the Rioja region. From afar, the facades of warm burgundies and a contrasting gray-white are another raised glass to the dichotomies of wine. Old barrels that used to hold wine decorate the rafters of the in-house restaurant, and the private rooms also present a rustic, yet decadent experience. Patios overlooking the rest of the village and the landscape make the promise of a vacation that is satisfying and intoxicating.

Photographs courtesy of Designhouses

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Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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