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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Monverde in Amarante, Portugal by FCC Arquitectura + Paulo Lobo

 
August 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FCC Arquitectura

The project aimed to adapt the space that Quinta da Lixa uses to produce wine through the construction of a Rural Hotel devoted to wine tourism.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

  • Architects: FCC Arquitectura + Paulo Lobo
  • Project: Monverde
  • Location: Telões, Amarante, Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
  • Software used: Autocad
  • General contractor: MC Meireles
  • Frames: Jofebar
  • Woods: José Nuno Carpintaria
  • Electricity: Costa Alves Electricidade
  • Avac: Pritérmica
  • Construction area: 5200 m²
  • Site: 30 Hectares
  • Project starts: May 2008
  • Starts of works: July 2012
  • End of the works: Jun 2015

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The main thrust of the project was to refine this space by adding a high calibre touristic component, fully integrated in and framed by the pre-existing physical environment.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The key ambition was to make the vineyard and its wine the centre piece of the enterprise, connecting visitors to the cultural heritage and landscape of Quinta da Lixa’s wine production.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The project includes accommodation (30 rooms) and catering services, winery tours, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, wine tasting rooms, and events and conferences facilities.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The pre-existent built-up area was insufficient for the optimum investment programme. It was, thus, decided to embark on an effort to rebuild and expand this area, guided and inspired by some of the key features of the old buildings and infrastructure.

The old buildings, with the exception of the Main House, all had a rural character, were in a state of disrepair and degradation.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The formal and functional regeneration of this space, and the expansion of the built-up area, sought to preserve its architectural legacy, respecting the natural environment and the cultural heritage of the setting. It aimed to revitalise the whole of the infrastructure, while retaining its identity, fostering a dialogue between contemporary, architecture and rural surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The project wants to go well beyond offering luxurious accommodation and catering. It intends to create a truly unique experience to its visitors through a harmonious, mutually-reinforcing interaction of the various physical elements that make up the whole architectural setting – an engaging, exclusive space, where each element is perfectly integrated into a coherent whole.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It is recommended that visitors explore the space in its entirety. There are several footpaths around the property that seamlessly connect its various buildings.

The close visual link between the buildings’ interior spaces and the surrounding environment helps define an intimate atmosphere with a dominant rural character.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Intruduction of FCC Arquitectura + Paulo Lobo

FCC Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo are two studios situated in Oporto Portugal. This work in particular is the result of a partnership and fusion of the ideas of both studios. FCC architecture developed the reconstruction and the new physical space, while Paulo Lobo took care of the interior design. Both offices are always looking for an iconic image in their works, through the plasticity of forms, and the unique textures of the used materials.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © FCC Arquitectura

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