Views are a major asset of this site and were a big factor in the location and layout of living spaces... In addition, the building was designed to passively heat, cool, and naturally ventilate, and to maximize natural lighting.
"...we want to use as little materials as possible. We also want to use recycled or recyclable, and reused or reusable materials where possible and a structure that can be disassembled if needed."
"I wanted to reduce the building's footprint as much as possible, while limiting site work (grading and excavation), taking advantage of the views, optimizing south exposure for passive heating..."
If designed right, with Tridipanel, a building can definitely be comfortable all year without the need for mechanical heating and cooling. However, if designed incorrectly, a Tridipanel building can end up wasting a lot more energy than a typical building.
As opposed to a rectangular building, in which only the rooms toward one side (or 50% of the hotel rooms) would have a view, the spiraled shape of the two buildings allowed about 90 to 95% of the hotel rooms to have an ocean view.