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ZERO Box Lodge / Gonçalo Queirós Carvalho Architecto

ZERO Box Lodge / Gonçalo Queirós Carvalho Architecto

© Tiago Casanova © Tiago Casanova © Tiago Casanova © Tiago Casanova + 33

Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team

  • Clients

    Hotel Cápsula Ltd
  • Engineering

    Augusto Manuel Pereira Mota | Luis Miguel Fernandes Rocha dos Santos
  • Graphic Design

  • Art

    Nuno Pinto Leite Gallery (curator) + Paulo Ramunni (sculptures and lamp) + Diogo Muñoz (tiles) + Edgar Pera director (restaurant movie)
  • Collaborators

    Rita Carvalho; José Carvalho; Tiago Pinto; Joana Branco Gomes
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© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

Text description provided by the architects. In Porto, northern Portugal, an alternative accommodation experience took over an 1883 building previously homed the mythical shirt factory - "Confiança" – also where the first film was shot in Portugal by Aurelio da Paz dos Reis, in 1896, which depicts the workers leaving the factory on Rua de Santa Catarina.

© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

This alternative experience is the ZERO BOX LODGE - created not to be a hotel nor a hostel, but rather a new type of accommodation where the rooms are wooden compartments purposely created for the rest of the guests. The building characterized by a narrow width of the façades, compared to the depth, and the absence of natural light that emerges from that depth, led to a rethinking of the way of inhabiting the space. The architect chooses to keep the building structure and façade, reconstructing entirely the upper floor and rooftop.

© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

The inspiration for the ZERO Box Lodge comes from the Eastern Japanese models of accommodation called 'capsule hotels' adapted to a Western context. In Japanese models, sleeping is only seen as a pragmatic necessity, the spaces are stripped of equipment and the main purpose is to ensure a good moment of rest, at any time of day. Being so, the absence of natural light was seen as a positive factor.

© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova
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© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

In the Western context, the capsules evolved into larger spaces, with a built-in bathroom, a room with space for two people, with a guarantee of comfort and privacy. The lack of amenities remains but with an aim - the creation of large common areas of interaction, providing several services:

© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

On the ground floor a bar and a restaurant, open to the outside, promoting a natural blend between the guests and the local public of Porto. The decoration made with recycled furniture brings comfort to the foyer, incorporating at the same time contemporary decorative elements such as panels of hand-painted tiles by the artist Paulo Ramuni or the coating of an old strongbox with a carpet designed by Diogo Muñoz recreating the famous panels of existing tiles in the churches of the city of Porto; it is also on the entrance floor of ZERO that you will find a glass replica of one of the rooms that receive throughout the year several artistic projects.

© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

On the 5th floor, there is a restaurant and a bar with a lighter concept where breakfasts, a small movie theater or an old jukebox coexist surrounded by large windows to the outside.

© Tiago Casanova
© Tiago Casanova

At the top - a redesigned roof to be a terrace overlooking the rooftops of Porto and reservoirs of water where you immerse yourself to different songs.

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Project location

Address: R. do Ateneu Comercial do Porto 10, 4000-248 Porto, Portugal

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Cite: "ZERO Box Lodge / Gonçalo Queirós Carvalho Architecto" [ZERO Box Lodge / Gonçalo Queirós Carvalho Architecto] 27 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/923790/zero-box-lodge-goncalo-queiros-carvalho-architecto/> ISSN 0719-8884

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