An L-shaped dining space takes up one half   of the elevated floor, while the other half is occupied by a generous terrace facing out towards the horizon. The building was designed in the 1970s and has features that I was interested in keeping, and which influenced the design of the new elements.”

Rather than emulating   the material palette of   the old building,   he chose to combine modern detailing with the traditional techniques of local carpenters. This resulted in a two-storey structure topped by a gridded timber roof supported by slender columns. “The proposal aims to enhance the comfort and constructive quality of the Eurotel Tavira to that expected of contemporary four-star hotels,” said the architect. At first glance the roof appears to be flat, but on closer inspection it reveals itself as a gently curving surface that lifts upwards at two of its corners and drops down on the other two. A new timber and concrete cafe cantilevers out towards the swimming pool at this 1970s hotel in Portugal that has been renovated by Campos Costa Arquitectos (+ slideshow). Photography is by José Campos. Project credits:
Client: Gracer
Architect: Pedro Campos Costa
Team: Pedro Campos Costa, Verónica de Mello, Silvia Bechi, Giulia Castelarin, Werner Peruzzo, Nuno Pereira, Ana Isabel Fernandes, Gonçalo Pacheco, Katarzyna Augustyniak e Daniela Figueiredo
Interior Design: Lara Matos e Verónica de Mello
Structural engineers: Miguel Lourenço JSJ estruturas
Lighting design: Paula Rainha
Ground floor plan, general – click for larger imageGround floor plan, extension – click for larger imageFirst floor plan, extension – click for larger imageSections, general – click for larger imageSections, extension – click for larger image “The wood was a material that emerged from the very first moment, very attached to a search for a relationship with the nearby surroundings,” he added. “The goal was to search for a balance between existing and contemporary. The Lisbon studio led by Pedro Campos Costa was tasked with upgrading the facilities at the Eurotel Tavira, a hotel in the south of Portugal originally designed by architects Barros da Fonseca and Paiva Lopes.

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