virgula i forms iberian chestnut wood boxes for hotel minho in portugal virgula i forms iberian chestnut wood boxes for hotel minho in portugal
nov 26, 2014

virgula i forms iberian chestnut wood boxes for hotel minho in portugal

virgula i forms iberian chestnut wood boxes for hotel minho in portugal
all images courtesy of virgula i

 

 

 

pursuing a stronger relation with the portuguese site, local materials, constructive methods and vernacular architectonic icons, the extension of ‘hotel minho‘ by virgula i uses chestnut wood from the northeast portion of the iberian peninsula as one of the main features. the studio says, ‘because the hotel is located in a region where the woods, the river, and the local traditions are the main attractions, the interior design intended to be very natural, seeming to be there since ages, opening its views to the best landscape of the surroundings or when not possible, opening itself to private exterior areas created by the new extensions.’

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
main entrance 

 

 

 

in accordance with this approach, they have taken the lumber and have shaped it into simple, geometric volumes. as the boxes have been arranged organize elements of the building such as the business areas and spa treatment rooms, they also react in relation to the terrain. as such, they form barriers of privacy and open to embrace the landscape wherever necessary. inside, they present a warm mood and light tone for the design, stating a strong continuity between every single floor.

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
spa extension

 

 

 

providing the right balance in dialogue with the neutral, white-based palette of the iberian wood, white carrara marble forms the walls and flooring, as well as in objects such as suspended lamps, counters, and washbasins. white walls, white lacquered panels, glass, and mirrors are frequently used to accentuate the atmosphere.

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
the reception desk and lounge

 

 

 

the rest of the project rejects the trendy, the fashionable or the ‘hotel design’ tendency. instead, everything has been developed to the smallest detail, efficiently integrating natural light, forming the visual filter of the inner patios, and crafting several decoration items that range from lighting to signage. international names as arne jacobsen, alvar aalto, and local giants arménio losa, januário godinho, and alvaro siza, have strong direct and indirect influence with multiple furniture pieces adding to the overall aesthetic.

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
social area

 

 

 

on this matter, besides the numerous items developed by the studio (more than 20 products, repeated to a total of 131 pieces), the hotel displays many vintage works collected from local stores, re-manufactured important furnishings left behind such as the pousada easy chair (1951) by januário godinho, and shows many contemporary products in accordance with the same principles: warm, elegant and efficient design.

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
wine bar entrance

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
Spa reception – extension

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
spa shower room

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
swimming pool

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
view towards the pool

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
the boxes distinguish programs 

virgula i hotel minho iberian chestnut wood portugal
corridor

 

 

 

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