carvalho araujo mirrors topography with de lemos restaurant carvalho araujo mirrors topography with de lemos restaurant
dec 15, 2013

carvalho araujo mirrors topography with de lemos restaurant

‘de lemos restuarant’ by carvalho araújo arquitectura e design, viseu, portugal
image © hugo carvalho araújo
all images courtesy of hugo carvalho araújo




portuguese practice carvalho araújo arquitectura e design has recently opened the ‘de lemos’ restaurant and guesthouse embedded in the sloping vineyards of passos do silgueiros in the north. a winding trail through a wooded area hugs the subtle twists and turns in the landscape until arriving to an open vineyard where the trail is extruded into a concrete structure adapting to the exact contours of the terrain. the ‘de lemos’ building contains a guesthouse and restaurant, both aimed at inciting a deeper investigation into the locally-made wine. a series of functions are organized linearly along the hill including a tasting room, discussion area, analysis and wine critique space, all enclosed within a full-height curtain wall overlooking the fields.

image © hugo carvalho araújo




entry into the building can occur either through the northern which leads directly to the showroom, or through a sharp bend at the southernmost point between the restaurant and private suites, or at the southern end into the preparation room. at moments the surrounding earth is allowed to penetrate into the space, or conversely the angular form pulls away from grade opening pockets that bring in natural light to the backside of the construct. the rooftop offers an elevated platform from which to view the open vineyards below until they disappear back into the surrounding forest.

southern facade marked by an almost continuous curtain wall
image © hugo carvalho araújo

adjacent path and entrance
image © hugo carvalho araújo

rooftop deck
image © hugo carvalho araújo

the structure pulls away from the terrain, creating voids for natural light
image © hugo carvalho araújo

open flexible space with existing boulders
image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo

swimming pool
image © hugo carvalho araújo

(left) entrance
(right) hallways illuminated by night
image © hugo carvalho araújo

rooftop terrace
image © hugo carvalho araújo

northern entrance into the showroom
image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo

image © hugo carvalho araújo




project info:



architecture: carvalho araújo, arquitectura e design
team: josé manuel carvalho araújo, joel moniz, sandra ferreira, emanuel de sousa, ana vilar, andré santos, liliana costa, nuno vieira, pedro
mendes, carlos santos, josé joão santos, leandro silva
project name: de lemos
client: celso de lemos esteves
date: 2007 – 2012
location: passos do silgueiros | 3500-541 – viseu – portugal
latitude 40º 34’ 40.8504” n
longitude 7º 58’ 51.963” w
landscape: jbjc – joão bicho e joana carneiro, arquitectura paisagista, lda
interior architecture: nini andrade silva
engineering, management and supervision: eng.º carlos pires
contractor: eduardo oliveira irmãos, lda
photographer: hugo carvalho araújo

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