The design process addressed by Botel is based on the concept of off-grid units with technological devices that make no environmental impact: the simple removal of the artefact from the water, effectively restores the state “doors”; the simplicity of removal and / or displacement is determined by the total absence of technological connections with the shore and the autonomous buoyancy of the unit itself. The very concept of “reversibility” is in line with recent regional regulations regarding the reduction of land consumption.
Anyone who wants to enjoy a sustainable holiday at 360 °, who will want to get involved and try our proposal of “experiential tourism”, aimed at curious, nature lovers, explorers, sportsmen, lovers of trekking and mountain biking.
In addition to eco-sustainability achieved through the production of clean energy and the absence of emissions into the atmosphere or water, we have also thought of eco-sustainability towards the territory by creating a reversible unit as, at any time, it will be possible to remove the artifact totally restoring the previous state.
In the development of the first idea of Botel, an approach aimed at safeguarding the environment and the landscape was pursued, with the idea of “approaching the territory on tiptoe”. The use of natural materials with low visual impact, small dimensions and non-invasive elements avoid the presence of dissonant elements.
In order to respect the environment and to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, Botel can be reached using the newly renovated railway line connected to the main Arcisate-Stabio which guarantees interconnections with all of Europe.
The Botel accommodation units will be equipped with a tablet and an App that will help guests to quickly and easily identify the activities and have contacts and addresses to meet their needs, as far as possible everything will be at zero kilometer.
After obtaining preventive opinions, formal requests were made to the Lake Authority, the Province for landscape authorization, the Municipality. The floating part and the perimeter superstructure were then assembled on the ground; subsequently the unit was placed in water and moved to its destination where it was fixed. Once the finishing and plant engineering works are finished, the prototype will be tested for about six months in order to verify and refine the equipment. Then it will be possible to “replicate” the unit and offer tourists this new adventure of experiential tourism.
The Botel unit will be completely disconnected from all types of users, the electricity will be produced from renewable sources with high-performance solar panels and the plant will be integrated with micro-wind turbines, thus eliminating the production of CO2.
Wastewater treatment is closed cycle, with no introduction into the environment: microfiltration and ultraviolet treatment for gray water and evapotranspiration for sewage.
In addition to eco-sustainability achieved through the production of clean energy and the absence of emissions into the atmosphere or water, we have also thought of eco-sustainability towards the territory by creating a reversible unit as, at any time, it will be possible to remove the structure restoring totally the previous state.