2012-12-13

Eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas

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The new eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas in the North of Portugal was recently completed by the architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar. It consists of a set of small houses suspended in pillars in perfect harmony with the surrounding outstanding nature.

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Designed in a modular prefabricated system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing - living - sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogues with the surrounding nature, wisely occupying the empty spaces between the trunks of large trees and, at the same time, allowing each home to be unique, special and worth visiting. The pitched roofs, that caracterize the intervention, redefine the contours of the park boundary and result, within the houses in comfortable but dynamic spaces. In each of the houses, one or more corners feature a large window framing a specific view of the park, bringing the surrounding nature inside, and linking the interior to a balcony designed to be an ideal resting space. Each dwelling's cladding evokes local, vernacular construction techniques.
Photo credits: FG + SG

Photo credits: FG + SG

Photo credits: FG + SG

Photo credits: FG + SG


Luís Rebelo de Andrade graduated at Escola Superior de belas artes de Lisboa in 1986.
Two essential components have always dominated his work: the client and respect for the scenery. As a matter of fact, the efficiency of this atelier is continuously expressed in the conciliation of both components. Architecture is simultaneously an art, and this must never be forgotten. He has its main office in Lisbon, Portugal. The practice works internationally on cultural, commercial and residential projects providing masterplanning, architecture, interior design, product and furniture design services for both the private and public sectors. The practice is currently working in several projects worldwide such as Angola, Brasil, Montenegro, Belgium and France.

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Diogo Aguiar was born in Oporto, Portugal, in 1983. He graduated at Oporto University School of Architecture in 2008. In 2007 he joined the dutch team of UNStudio, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2009/2010, he worked with the studio ADPJMA in Lisbon, Portugal. His first built project, a temporary bar in Oporto, has been widely published since the beginning of 2010 when he founded LIKEarchitects together with Arch. Teresa Otto. In April of the same year LIKEarchitects won the Bairro Criativo competition with their project Bus Stop Simbiosys built in late May. 

Photo credits: FG + SG