Les Cols Pavellones


  • small town in the Garrotxa National Park
  • two hours north of Barcelona
  • located in Olot, in the Catalan Pyrenees with scattered hills and extinct or dormant volcanoes
  • near the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcánica de la Garrotxa
  • It is an isolated building that surrounds the 13th-century farmhouse Les Cols
  • Les Cols is located in the city of Olot, inside the Natural Park at the impressive Garrotxa Volcanic zone.
  • Teisa runs up to 7 buses daily to/from Barcelona about €14, 2 and a half hours
  • Arquitectura y naturaleza firman la paz en este rincón catalán. Dentro te sientes protegido y gozas las vistas sin padecer las inclemencias exteriores.


  • Les Cols restaurant is headed by Fina Puigdevall,
  • the chef converted the ground floor of her family’s traditional house into one of the world’s best-looking dining establishments
  • it’s on the cover of “Les Plus Beaux Restaurants du Monde,” by Bethan Ryder
  • Les Cols Restaurant has one Michelin Star.
  • Fina Puigdevall was selected as one of Chefs representing the Catalan gastronomy when Catalonia was Guest of Honour at the prestigious Frankfurt Book .
  • Judit Planella and Joaquim Puigdevall engaged the local firm of RCR Architects
  • RCR architects were featured in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) recent survey of Spanish architecture) to create rooms where diners could spend the night.
  • http://www.rcrarquitectes.es/
  • we close this window facing the street meanwhile we open another one to the courtyard
  • Opening Hours: Restaurant open from 13:00 – 15:30 and 20:30 – 22:30 h.
  • Restaurant is closed for Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays dinners and Bank holidays.
  • Pavilions available all days.
  • Address: Mas les Cols, Crta de la Canya s/n
  • 17800 Olot, Girona, Catalonia
  • Restaurant Telephone bookings: please call us on +34 972 26 92 09
  • Restaurant E-mail bookings: moc.slocsel|slocsel#moc.slocsel|slocsel


  • With only five rooms, t
  • transparent glass-and-black-steel pavilion.
  • the rooms are pure crystal cubes


  • a minibar and
  • a closet stocked with sheepskin slippers
  • there are electric blinds on all four walls
  • Glass floors offer a view of the illuminated bare earth beneath,
  • the only sound is the trickling of the soaking tub, which is heated to a constant 89.2 degrees.
  • stay during the spring or fall for the best weather

Miles Van der Rohe

  • my hypothesis is that glass and steel have become the low impact standard for building materials
  • if you do a life cycle analysis of all building materials these two materials will have the right balance between energy intensity and carbon emissions
  • concrete is too energy intensive, wood is too expensive and cannot be disassembled as easily
  • triple pane glass and I beams
  • the I beam is what allowed us to build sky scrapers
  • Van der Rohe celebrated it cloaking his buildings in an armour of black I beams and tinted glass (T D Building)
  • we will finally live in glass houses
  • the root cellar will be made of mud bricks just like the courtyard house
  • the glass floor will highlight the illuminated bare earth, the neat mud brick construction of the root cellar, radient floor heating and all water access points

work it out

  • if you start from the base of a glass box
  • what has to come into the box and what has to go out
  1. hinged floor panel to access mud brick root cellar
  2. 360 degree louvers to make the indoor space an outdoor space


  1. electricity input to stove (is it possible to get uninterrupted electricity from off grid solutions)
  2. electricity input to fridge
  3. electricity input for computing
  4. electricity input for lighting
  5. input for cold water sink
  6. input for hot water sink (via solar hot water)
  7. heat input (geothermal heating)


  1. output panel for water from toilet
  2. output panel for water from shower
  3. output hood vent for stove
  4. output panel for organic water
  5. output panel for grey water

Louvered glass walls

  • roof extends outward with signfiicant overhang
  • when the glass is rotated 90 degrees on louvers there is still ample cover from the elements
  • the louvers will be on a 360 degree chain
  • an oversized wheel will be the crank arm
  • the hubs on each of the glass panels will be in sync
  • the shape of the room will be geometric depending on the amount of space required and the size of the standardized glass panels
  • the suction mounted shock cable lines will be on the edges of the louvers so when they are rotated they will be inside and still fully extended
  • i am really digging the copper glazed black glass and matte black painted steel I beam structure
  • steel I beam grid floor

The psychology of glass house


  • “I guess it could be sort of mysterious and sexy in the right circumstances, but it’s definitely only awkward when you’re sharing the room with your dad,”
  • “I was just glad I didn’t have a mischievous younger brother,” she added.
  • Designers and hoteliers have a variety of justifications for the concept, from the logistical (saving space) to the esoteric (a sense of added luxury).
  • “Today’s luxury hotel bath is a space to live in,”
  • “We are seeing as much as 50 percent of the guest room being dedicated to the bathroom,” Ms. Wilson said about her firm’s hotels.
  • “I thought it was sexy,”
  • “The steam from the shower obscured a lot, but showed a little. You could watch each other from the other room.”
  • “If I ask, ‘What did you do on Sunday?’ I love people to answer, ‘I spent all day in my bathroom,’ ” said Morgane Rousseau, the designer of the glass-and-steel-framed bathrooms at the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, a Parisian hotel that opened in 2007.
  • Transparency allows travelers to multitask in the tub, she explained: watch television, chat with a companion or simply gaze out the window.
  • “It actually cost me three times as much as it would have to put in a wall,” Mr. Attenborough said of the glass partition between his master bedroom and bathroom. He and his partner enjoy having extra space for a luxuriously large shower stall — not to mention one heck of a conversation piece.
  • “All our friends who’ve seen it say ‘Oh my god, that’s so fantastic,’ ” he said, though he acknowledges that the design isn’t for everyone: “Some people are very prudey.”
  • Exposed bathrooms can serve as a sort of design ambassador,
  • Ms. Loo designed the Renaissance to symbolize the new, open Beijing.
  • “The hotel is all about the concept of opening the box and finding out what’s inside,”
  • With hotel room sizes shrinking, glass walls are also a tempting trompe l’oeil: they make a room feel bigger by leaving sightlines unobstructed and maximize natural light from the bedroom windows,
  • By opening the space, the bathrooms also help guests orient themselves in an unfamiliar environment.
  • “It’s not like in your home where you could find everything blind.
  • You don’t know where the light switch is or the door or the plugs,” said Graham Downes, an architect who has designed rooms that include glass-walled bathrooms in a number of hotels around the country.
  • Mr. Downes describes himself as a “firm believer in open bathrooms,” especially after a recent experience at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas: “The closet door, the front door and the bathroom door all looked the same,” he said. “I was naked and I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and went out my front door.”
  • the bathroom, encased in transparent glass, left nothing to the imagination.
  • “I just said, ‘Look, when you go to the bathroom, let me know, and I’ll look the other way,’ ” said Mr. Nicas, the editor-in-chief of an online travel guide.
  • “I stayed there with my husband for about 10 minutes,” before switching to a new hotel, she said. “This is the design equivalent of ‘too much information.’ ”
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