Axis Viana Hotel / VHM

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Architectural photographer Nelson Garrido shared with us an amazing set of photos for the Axis Viana Hotel by in Viana do Castelo. This Business & Spa Hotel is an ode to cantilevering, as you can see on the section shown below.

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The overlapping stacked volumes generate a series of different perspectives, ranging from a full box in a frontal view, to a complex column when seen from the sides. The 2 lower levels have a concrete structure, with the rest of the boxes resolved in a steel structure sitting on top of it.

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More photos and the section after the break.

Architecture: VHM I Departamento de Arquitectura: Jorge Sodré Albuquerque, Ana Luísa Almeida, José Magno
Coordinator: Jorge Sodré Albuquerque
Team: Isabel Flamínio, Rui Silva, Eduardo Brito, Carlos Sousa, Pedro Couto
Structure: A400
Services: VHM, Gestão e Coordenação de projectos
Landscape: Nuno Viterbo
Construction Management: Vítor Hugo Leal Gomes, Carlos Xavier
Contractor: Europa Arlindo, Scout, Fernando Coelho Unipessoal Lda.
Decoration: Gaston y Daniela
Year: 2003-2008
Photographer: Nelson Garrido – NG Photo

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24 comments

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    The elevations don’t do the perspectives justice…I love the cantilevers but it would appear the elevation would have benefited from a little extra thought. One of the more refreshing points this project brings to the table is that its interior is as stunning as the exterior. Clean, simple, and minimal with one of the most dramatic pools I’ve seen…

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      What’s the point of giving extra to the elevations, since the volumetric result is good. Elevation is a way of experessing something graphically depending of ehat neesd to be explained, not adding quality to it. Of course, the purpose of seducing with a drawing is another matter wich i guess you were maybe referring to.

      I try to not forget that buildings are not just elevations mapped on volumes. Perception of the built result is very much important, as your comment points out.

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    This looks amazing, I would love to stay here and swim in that pool. It all looks great, except for that second photo-it looks like a monster behind those small white homes!

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    Best building I’ve seen on here in months………well done, but I’m sure you don’t need me to say that.

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    I like it..nice photos indeed. can we use the roof of those cantilived part?
    it’d be great if i could have more text and info ;)

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    hot.
    Maybe when Nouvel gives up the ‘growies’ he will turn stuff out as good as this

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    Sorry. The photos are nice but the place is terrible. I have been there- It is a gigantic black monolith in the middle of lovely green trees and traditional white and small houses. Completely out of place, dark, too big.

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