Alentejo Country Hotel features log facades to match the surrounding cork trees

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Vertical logs cover the gabled elevations of this rural hotel in southern Portugal, designed by Lisbon studio Future Architecture Thinking (+ slideshow).

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

Miguel Correia's studio Future Architecture Thinking – whose past projects include an angular red arts and culture centre – designed the Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel for a site near the village of Grândola, about an hour's drive from Lisbon.

The 25-hectare estate boasts gentle hills, meadows and forests of cork oak trees.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

The project team set out to enhance the way visitors experience the landscape of the Serra de Grândola by retaining the natural characteristics of the site, and by complementing these with forms and materials familiar to the region.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

"The purpose was to value and favour the rural environment surrounding the hotel," said the design team, "taking it as a theme and seeking to provide a space to enjoy the countryside, full of comfort and quiet in a simple and contemporary atmosphere."

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

Positioned on the crest of a hill with panoramic views to the east, the hotel comprises eight buildings scattered among the existing trees.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

Rather than employing traditional foundations, the structures rest on piles that minimise soil sealing and permanent disruption to the land.



The largest of the buildings contains the reception, along with several lounge areas and a communal dining room, while some of the smaller structures accommodate services and staff facilities.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

The hotel's 22 rooms and two suites are housed in the remaining five blocks, which each contain four or five units with individual balconies.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

Each of the buildings features a row of gabled volumes, with stark white surfaces accentuating their minimal forms. Wooden frameworks incorporated into the east-facing elevations introduce a rustic detail that echoes the nearby trees.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

"The buildings, formally developed from the combined volumes of evoking the traditional image of a house, seek identification with the characteristics of the traditional regional architecture in the sobriety of lines and materials," the architects explained.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

"Wooden logs used in facades establish a dialogue with the surrounding landscape, contrasting with these white buildings of simple and refined geometry."

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

The log screens and extended overhanging roofs also help to shade the large glazed surfaces incorporated into these elevations, which make the most of the available views and natural light.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

A similar surface of vertical wooden lengths distinguishes the entrance to the main building and the threshold between its rear facade and the adjacent poolside terrace.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

An infinity pool stretches out towards the horizon on the eastern side of the building, where landscaping is kept to a minimum to accentuate the hotel's proximity to nature.

Photography is by João Morgado.

Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Site plan – click for larger image
Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Site plan of the communal area – click for larger image
Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Sections of the communal area – click for larger image
Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Floor plan of the multipurpose room – click for larger image
Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Plan of a suite block – click for larger image
Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Plan of a room block – click for larger image
Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking
Section of a room block – click for larger image
  • spadestick

    Not nice to place the A/C as the keystone piece.

  • Chris MacDonald

    That is really, really lovely.