The project stems from the desire to sew and to reclassify the urban landscape of one of the entrances to the town of Ponte de Lima, consisting of historic buildings – a chapel, a convent, a Roman bridge, a groove of trees, a new out of scale building, an incomplete urban development and a public garden.
Implanted perpendicular to the street, the hotel building completes the complex, establishing a transition of scale with the garden, liberated by the treatment of its base, its ground floor and through its overhang allowing perspectives of the convent, the grand avenue of plane trees and the Roman bridge.
To reclassify the garden, the hotel establishes with the chapel and the convent a trilogy that frames the garden area.
– ENHANCING THE VALUE OF THE LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE:
a) strengthen the visual axes.
– REDUCING ENERGY NEEDS:
a) study of a mono-oriented building;
b ) use of renewable energy (solar and geothermal).
a) use of local materials;
a) strong limitation of the embodied energy of materials.