Hotel & Catering School / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graca Correia

© Luis Ferreira Alves

Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graca Correia
Location: Portalegre,
Collaborators: Ana Neto Vieira, Nuno Miguel Ferreira, Telmo Gervásio Gomes, Ricardo Cardoso, Pedro Gama, Nuno Vasconcelos
Client: Fundação Robinson
Area: 4,005 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves, Courtesy of Eduardo Souto de Moura +

The building of the Hotel and Catering School defines a new street, a structural and vital element to the rehabilitation of the old area of the Robinson Factory.

© Luis Ferreira Alves

To south, literally “hangs” over the landscape, enjoying the natural slope. The building is intended to be a box resting on the existing embankment defining a large balcony where all main spaces of the school turn to – classrooms, library, lounge, restaurant and bar.

© Luis Ferreira Alves

To north, this box is closed, given its frank relation with the street, and sets up two bodies completely closed. The largest and most detached volume embraces all kitchens and infrastructural support to the restaurant, self-service and teaching kitchen, finished in a blue colour, traditionally used in bakeries and all places of special hygiene requirements. This volume is also denounced by the huge skylights-chimneys.

© Luis Ferreira Alves

At the area in front of the classrooms and corresponding to the yellow ochre body were placed the offices and additional spaces of smaller area, each opening to a small private courtyard on the console.

© Luis Ferreira Alves

This equipment, within the Plan to recover the old Robinson Factory, is a joint element within the urban fabric, cohabiting with the existent buildings, recovered or to be recovered, with new programs, ensuring the permanence of the original implantation, promoting the preservation of the historic memory through heritage.


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Cite: "Hotel & Catering School / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graca Correia" 23 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>

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    this is so brilliant. I love the interiors. Can you please upload more projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura? Especially his most recent projects and his early houses. I’m especially interested to see how his new office tower in china comes out. :)

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