Six Senses Bhutan presented a unique and challenging project in terms of size and location. The hotel operates differently from other resorts, by being separated into smaller hotels across a number of locations.
Each of these five small hotels is located at a major tourist—Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang.
Put together, the hotel comprises a total of 82 units.
The challenge was to adapt each hotel to its physical surroundings and also attain individuality for each hotel concept. For example, the model shown depicts the concept for Punakha. Here rice fields are a predominant geographical feature and are incorporated into the design.
The traditional Bhutanese house is an outstanding example of sustainable architecture. Building materials consist of timber, stone, and earth—all of which are abundantly available locally and can be sustainably harvested. The rammed earth walls provide excellent insulation and provide interior spaces with a constant temperature. In the summer when the outside temperature goes up, the rooms become cooler. Conversely, when the outside temperature goes down in the winter, the rooms become warmer.
- LocationThimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang, Bhutan
- Interior designerSix Senses Creative Department
- Landscape designerP landscape (for Thimphu & Paro site)