in portugal, pritzker laureate eduardo souto de moura has helped transform a historic farming village into a luxury hotel and retreat. surrounded by ancient oaks, olive groves, and vineyards, ‘são lourenço do barrocal’ is situated in south-central portugal, close to the spanish border. the agricultural complex, which measures just over 37,000 square meters, is characterized by seven farmyard buildings accessed via a central street.

são lourenço do barrocal
all images by nelson garrido

 

 

the project is the brainchild of josé antónio uva, the eighth generation of the same family to have lived on the estate. determined to bring the once thriving community back to life, uva drew up plans to rejuvenate the area as a farm retreat. the developer commissioned eduardo souto de moura to overhaul the site’s existing buildings, a challenging brief that involved converting agricultural architecture into living spaces for human occupation. the architect worked alongside interior design studio anahory almeida and landscape architect joão gomes da silva.

são lourenço do barrocal

 

 

this is truly a mini-universe, a village. it has its own hierarchy: a street, a square, outbuildings, cloisters,’ explains eduardo souto de moura. ‘the only way to preserve heritage is to live with it and use it, even if it is damaged in some places. because only everyday life transforms it into something natural and gives it heritage status.’

são lourenço do barrocal

 

 

set in the foothills of medieval monsaraz, são lourenço do barrocal comprises 22 rooms, 16 cottages, and two suites. on site amenities include a farm-to-table restaurant, a spa with cosmetics designed by susanne kaufmann, a winery, horse stables, and a swimming pool complete with a 4 meter granite boulder. the farm building will be joined by a series of 29 new homes, carefully integrated into the rural landscape and spread out across the 780 hectare estate.

são lourenço do barrocal

 

 

there is a process that is very absorbing: finding out how an olive press, for example, can become a place for a living room with a bar, how agricultural outbuildings can be made into houses, and how a cowshed can be made into a restaurant,’ continues souto de moura. ‘this change in use needs hardly any intervention at all. the challenge is how architecture will respond.’

são lourenço do barrocal

são lourenço do barrocal

são lourenço do barrocal

são lourenço do barrocal

são lourenço do barrocal

são lourenço do barrocal

 

 

project info:

 

name: são lourenço do barrocal
architect: eduardo souto de moura
interior design studio: anahory almeida
landscape architect: joão gomes da silva
project engineering: afaconsult

 

project inception: 2002
architectural project development: 2008-2016
construction work completion: 2016
photography: nelson garrido

 

location: monsaraz, alentejo, portugal
estate foundation: 1820
farming village (monte) establishment: 19th century

 

estate area: 780 hectares
construction gross area: 13.524,5 sqm
site plan area: 13.019 sqm
farming village (monte) total area: 37.175 sqm

 

accommodation & amenities
accommodation units (22 rooms, 2 suites, 16 cottages): 42.729 sqm
spa and studio: 575 sqm
restaurant with outdoor terraces: 599,5 sqm
bar: 102 sqm
winery: 521 sqm
shop with courtyard: 194,50 sqm
horse stables and riding ring: 1.060 sqm
outdoor adult’s pool: 240 sqm
children’s pool: 21,50 sqm
children’s playroom with courtyard: 153 sqm

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