AD Round Up: Portugal’s Micro-Hotels

The Tree Snake Houses – A New, Smaller Trend In Hospitality Architecture. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

This Financial Times article describes the Post-Recession paradigm shift occurring in Portuguese architecture — from construction to landscape, large to small. Pritzker Prize winners Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura have been leading this “micro” trend, designing hotels with exceptional materiality and craft. We’ve decided to round up some of these extraordinary structures, including: Casa Na Areia and Cabanas no Rio by Aires MateusJorge Sousa Santos’ Rio do Prado, the Ecork Hotel by Jose Carlos Cruz and Villa Extramuros by Jordi Fornells. Last but not least, is ArchDaily’s building of the year for hospitality architecture — the Tree Snake Houses from father Luís Rebelo de Andrade and son Tiago Rebelo de Andrade.

Optical Store in Lisbon / Jorge Sousa Santos

© Joao Morgado

Last week we featured a new glasses shop in Beja designed by Jorge Sousa Santos, where he used small rotating circular mirrors, that also work as support for the glasses. Now, architecture photographer Joao Morgado shared with us this optical store in , designed by the same architect.

Glasses Shop in Beja / Jorge Sousa Santos

FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architect: Jorge Sousa Santos
Location: Beja,
Project Team: Jorge Sousa Santos, Ismael Prata, Patrícia Costa
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Y House / Jorge Sousa Santos


Architect: Jorge Sousa Santos
Location: Arelho, Óbidos,
Client: Telmo Faria
Project year: 2003
Construction year: 2006
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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