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Today we’re going to show a former Portuguese farming house that was transformed into a high-end hotel by the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The house features whitewashed interiors, original vaulted ceilings, and unique lamps.
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The farm village is located at the heart of the 780-hectare São Lourenço do Barrocal estate, which has been owned by the same family for over 200 years.
The owner of the house, José António Uva, has invited 2011 Pritzker Prize-winner Souto de Moura to oversee the regeneration of the village and the rejuvenation of the entire estate as a farm retreat.
“The only way to preserve heritage is to live with it and use it, even if it is damaged in some places,” Souto de Moura explained. “Because only everyday life transforms it into something natural and gives it heritage status.”
The house comprises seven buildings with an old industrial and office building to the north positioned alongside a former storehouse. On the south side of the street are the main house, the agricultural pavilions, a dovecot, kennel, and pigsty.
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“This is not just a house, this is truly a mini-universe, a village,” said Souto de Moura. “It has its own hierarchy; a street, a square, outbuildings, cloisters. This is what we rarely find in such good condition.”
The hotel now offers 22 rooms, two suites and 16 cottages, with other amenities located around the estate including a restaurant, bar, winery, shop, stables, spa and studio, and a children’s playroom with adjacent courtyard.
On the outside, there is a large vegetable garden and swimming pool. Interior design studio AnahoryAlmeida and landscape architect João Gomes da Silva also contributed to the estate’s revival. British architectural designer John Pawson has developed a proposal for a property that would wrap around one of the granite boulders.
All in all, this project aimed to provide a prosperous future for the local community while respecting the region’s ecology and history.
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