Hotel in Coimbra / depA

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  • Architects: depA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  23680 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs
    Photographs:José Campos
© José Campos

Text description provided by the architects. The three pre-existing buildings around a mediterranean courtyard are located Coimbra, in the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Protection Zone.

© José Campos

In such delicate surroundings, the intervention seeks  a delicate design balanced between the need for technical adaptations to contemporary building demands, the legal requirements for a contemporary hotel and the huge care that an intervention of this type requires. In other words, the adaption to the new program and the consequent deep intervention by all means paid deep respect for the historical relevance of the buildings and its great architectural and constructive values.

© José Campos

This balanced strategy allowed, at the same time, to clarify the difference between the preserved old elements and all the new and, above all, the difference between the three buildings: the former house on the upper level, the small palace on the lower level, and the third in-between, which is more picturesque.

© José Campos

The courtyard which aggregates the three buildings is open to the public and is the life heart of the new hotel. The use of traditional materials such as stone, wood and iron, not only for for structural purposes but also for final details and finishings made, at the end, the whole intervention coherent  and avoids a disruptive atmosphere or design.

© José Campos

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Address:Alta de Coimbra, Portugal

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Cite: "Hotel in Coimbra / depA " [Hotel em Coimbra / depA ] 28 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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