Spectacular hotel in Portugal offers a contemporary take on agritourism

by | Feb 14, 2019 | Design

The Hotel Rural Casa do Rio on the Douro River responds to its natural context to offer guests a unique experience

The Hotel Rural Casa do Rio in Portugal’s northwestern region is a slice of contemporary architecture in a natural setting with a medieval history. The hotel’s responsive design is intended to promote agritourism in the area. We find out more.

Modern lodgings in med

The Hotel Rural Casa do Rio is located in the Castelo Melhor area near Portugal’s northwestern border with Spain.

The region is named after its famous medieval fortress, and it is easy to see why the castle was situated here when you look at the surrounding landscape.

Rugged hills are cut into valleys by the Douro and Coa Rivers, and the countryside boasts many agricultural uses, such as olive growing and orange orchards.

The Hotel Rural Casa do Rio is on a steep side of the valley overlooking the Douro River, and its background and setting is composed of terraced plantations for the cultivation of oranges, lending the site a distinctive look.

The hotel acts almost as a bridge between two of the valleys slopes, meaning that it benefits from its height and panoramic views out over the river.

Seamless integration

The architects, Menos é Mais Arquitectos, were determined to integrate the hotel into the landscape.

The building has been designed almost entirely in one plane, bridging between two sides of the valley. The resulting effect is a slim, shallow rectangle that can be read as one with the natural topography of the landscape, standing on heavy stone abutments so as not to disturb the natural setting.

The architects have gathered the 15 rooms under one roof, and each modular element has the dimensions of 6.6×3.3 metres, allowing them to be organised within the container of the hotel, while at the same time being able to carve out terraces and balconies.

The “container” has been executed in timber, allowing it to melt into the landscape. Circulation is pushed to the exterior of the rectangle, removing it from the internal spaces and placing a focus on the external, connecting guests immediately to the landscape and site.

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in Portugal:

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Espectacular hotel en Portugal ofrece una visión contemporánea del agroturismo

by | Feb 14, 2019 | Uncategorized

El Hotel Rural Casa do Rio en el río Duero responde a su contexto natural para ofrecer a los huéspedes una experiencia única

El Hotel Rural Casa do Rio en la región noroeste de Portugal es parte de la arquitectura contemporánea en un entorno natural con una historia medieval. El diseño receptivo del hotel está destinado a promover el agroturismo en la zona. Te contamos más.

Alojamientos modernos

El Hotel Rural Casa do Rio se encuentra en la zona de Castelo Melhor, cerca de la frontera noroeste de Portugal con España.

La región lleva el nombre de su famosa fortaleza medieval, y es fácil ver por qué el castillo fue situado aquí cuando miras el paisaje circundante.

Las colinas escarpadas son cortadas en valles por los ríos Douro y Coa, y el campo tiene muchos usos agrícolas, como olivos y naranjos.

El Hotel Rural Casa do Rio se encuentra en una ladera del valle que domina el río Duero. Su fondo y su entorno se componen de plantaciones en terrazas para el cultivo de naranjas, lo que le confiere un aspecto distintivo.

El hotel actúa casi como un puente entre dos de las laderas de los valles, lo que significa que se beneficia de su altura y de sus vistas panorámicas sobre el río.

Perfecta integración

Los arquitectos, Menos é Mais Arquitectos, estaban decididos a integrar el hotel en el paisaje.

El edificio fue diseñado casi en su totalidad en un plano, que se extiende entre dos lados del valle. El efecto resultante es un rectángulo delgado y poco profundo que puede leerse como uno con la topografía natural del paisaje, apoyado en pilares de piedra gruesa para no perturbar el entorno natural.

Los arquitectos reunieron las 15 habitaciones bajo un mismo techo, y cada elemento modular tiene las dimensiones de 6.6×3.3 metros, lo que les permite organizarse dentro del espacio del hotel, mientras que al mismo tiempo pueden construir terrazas y balcones.

El “contenedor” se ejecutó en madera, lo que le permite fundirse en el paisaje. La circulación va hacia el exterior del rectángulo, y se desvanece en los espacios internos, enfocando lo externo, conectando a los huéspedes de inmediato con el paisaje y el sitio.

Veamos otros proyectos actualmente en desarrollo en Portugal:

Serena Wellness Resort

Meninger Hotel Lisbon

Viceroy at Ombria Resort

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