Yellow Hotel / PLAN Associated Architects

© Alexandre da Luz Mendes & Ricardo Cabeços

Architects: PLAN Associated Architects
Location: Meia Praia, , Algarve, Portugal
Project:  Yellow Hotel Meia Praia  – 5 star hotel
Building Area: 22 298,28 sqm
Design Team: Armando Daniel Dos Reis (Principal Architect), Jenny da Costa Marcos, Ricardo Galego Silva, Quirio Ramalhinho, Liliana de Sousa, Luis Caetano, Hugo Fonseca, Joana Fernandes, Inês Martins, José Martins, Ana Paula Costa, Filipa Monteiro, Matias dos Reis
Client: Iberotel Group
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexandre da Luz Mendes, Ricardo Cabeços, Hugo Fonseca

© Alexandre da Luz Mendes & Ricardo Cabeços

The recent development of the Yellow Hotel Meia Praia in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal is third project for the Iberotel Group.

© Alexandre da Luz Mendes & Ricardo Cabeços

Always open to challenges, we took on a beautifully located site set in front of the sand dunes of Meia Praia Beach with a quite complex topography, where the client’s dream was to build a five star hotel overlooking the magnificent sea views.

east elevation

The big challenge was to maximize construction area, complying with the multitude of legal planning restrictions defined for this particular area where the maximum building height allowed no more than three storeys plus basement, without compromising important aspects of the building such as aesthetics, functionality and sustainability, among others.

south elevation

The balance between each of these points and the aim for innovation resulted in a solution comprised of a main horseshoe shape or “U” shape distribution, molded according to the natural topography, where a large central courtyard opens on to the sea and every single bedroom and suite benefits also of these views.

west elevation

With a contemporary architectural language, combining simple lines and shapes and materials such as wood, rendering and glass panels on each terrace which incorporate RGB lighting, colour, contrast and light are a key factor in this project. From dusk to dawn the colours of the panels shine to create different moods and reactions, transforming the hotel in to a landmark which can be easily identified from miles away.

main elevation

The plot size is 41.130 sqm and the construction area of over 20.000 sqm includes 209 bedrooms and 11 suites, a large lobby, two restaurants, two bars and sitting areas, a multipurpose space for events, indoor swimming pool and facilities, and two separate exterior swimming pools in different ambiences, one in the central courtyard visible from all the public areas of the hotel and many of the bedrooms and another at the lowest level of the land, surrounded by the carefully treated gardens which characterize the property throughout, with a more organic shape, diverging from the lines which constitute the actual building design and the upper swimming pool

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Cite: "Yellow Hotel / PLAN Associated Architects" 03 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=204394>
  • Pedro

    This is horrible! No scale, no taste, nothing!

    • pancho

      You are wrong completly.
      This is brillant. It have harmony, scale and proportions very well aplied . There are not back sides.

  • Matias Reis

    Actually I disagree… this project is well inserted, as it was one of the main concerns.
    As the sense of scale.

    Maybe a question of taste.

    Congratulations, this is a very nice Hotel!

  • Chhayank

    I Am looking for a site plan, Architecture plan for a 5 star Hotel,
    if you can help me, please mail me, Chhayanko@gmail.com

  • shah faisal

    Hi
    sir i am Shah Faisal from Pakistan
    it is stated that i am the student of 4th year architecture and i am going to do a project on 5 star hotel so first of all let me permission that i use your this project as a case study and also i need some guidelines about the five star hotel. i hope you will be better guide me because i don’t know about 5 star hotel . thanks and i am waiting for your good response

  • ALTAF AHEMAD SHAH

    sir i am Shah ALTAF from INDIA
    it is stated that i am the student of 4th year architecture and i am going to do a project on 4star buisness hotel so first of all let me permission that i use your this project as a case study and also i need some guidelines about the five star hotel. i hope you will be better guide me because i don’t know about 4 star buisness hotel . thanks and i am waiting for your good response