* Residential Architecture: Eco-Resort Pedras Salgadas by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar
Posted by the editors on Sunday, 9 December 2012
Residential Architecture: Eco-Resort Pedras Salgadas by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar: “..These seven woodland cabins are nestled amongst the trees of a park and spa in northern Portugal..Designed by Portuguese architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar, the huts offer a peaceful retreat for guests visiting the park, which is located on the edge of the spa-town of Pedras Salgadas, Portugal..“Knowing that we had a responsibility to build tourist accommodation in one of the most beautiful parks in the country, we took maximum care to have a minimal effect on the local nature,” Diogo Aguiar told Dezeen. “We chose to build small and dispersed huts rather than do a large concentrated building, promoting more intimate relationships between the visitor and the park.”..All seven cabins are raised up on stilts to negotiate the uneven terrain and to have a minimal impact on the ground. Each building also features walls clad with grey slate tiles and balconies surrounded with wooden slats..“The outer coating in slate tiles refers to the local construction traditions. It is very interesting because of its pixel texture but also because of the way it reacts to the weather; it reflects the sun in the evening and gets dark and shiny when it rains,” explained Aguiar..The buildings were designed as different combinations of three identical modules, which include a living room and kitchen, an entrance and bathroom, plus one bedroom..“Once on site, the perfect house configurations were chosen by considering the available space between the trees, the landscape views and the entrance location,” said Aguiar..” Interesting form, interior volumes, fenestration; horizontal wood cladding; lovely site..
image: Fernando Guerra; article: Dezeen