Thursday, October 1, 2009

Eco Friendly Hotel

I present you a twentieth-century rural hotel in Felgueiras, Portugal. The hotel is located on 24-acres of farmland which are primarily used as vineyards, and had existing sixteenth-century buildings. The notion was to revive the old structure, so the hotel was designed to complement and enhance the characteristics of the existing structures — and provide space and amenities for up to 22 guests and an outdoor swimming pool.

Concrete towers are located at the entrance of each room, defining the new space of each room, while being reminiscent of the form of the battlements of the main building. The new rooms are carefully positioned in a singular volume in lower elevation and perpendicular to the main building, offering guests privacy, while also maintaining a direct relationship with the surrounding landscape.

The towers that define the entrance of each room keep the form of the battlements of the main building and potentiate in the observer different experiences in the relation with the whole context.

The rooms in the interior are divided in three seperated areas. In the entrance there is a living room turned to a big glazed with views of the southern fields. A wall with half height separated the sleeping area and is used as headboard to the bed which is turned to the inside, to a little courtyard by the bathroom.

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