Cais Bagaúste by
Belém Lima Arquitectos

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Portuguese studio Belém Lima Arquitectos has perched a pair of gabled cabins on the edge of a dam in northern Portugal to provide a public boathouse and cafe (+ slideshow).

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

Belém Lima Arquitectos positioned the cabins at opposite ends of a wooden jetty alongside Bagaúste Dam in Lamago.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

The new facilities serve the increasing number of tourists travelling past the dam on their way to wineries in the nearby Douro Valley.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

"The location was already used in the summer but the facilities were very poor," the architects told Dezeen.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

"The Mayor of Lamego suggested building a new wharf, a bar area and a warehouse for canoes as well as the entire surrounding area," they added.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

The single-storey cabins have sharply pointed rooftops and their exteriors are clad with aluminium panels.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

The combined cafe and bar is filled with tables and chairs for customers, which spill out onto a covered terrace.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

Glass windows along one side of the cafe offer views out across the dam, while ramps outside lead down to the water's edge.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

The new boathouse sits at the other end of the jetty. Exposed diagonal braces support the walls, interspersed with metal hooks for storing public rowing boats and canoes.

Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Site plan for Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos
Site plan - click for larger image
Cafe and bar section for Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos
Cafe and bar section - click for larger image
Boathouse section for Cais Bagaúste by Belém Lima Arquitectos
Boathouse section - click for larger image
  • Damian

    Why the distorted photography? Hard to get any real sense of the building’s proportions and true shape.

  • Filipe Balestra

    Linda! Parabéns/ FB