João Mendes Ribeiro
 expands a wine hotel in rural Portugal

João Mendes Ribeiro
 expands a wine-tasting hotel in rural Portugal

Raw concrete and timber boxes create rooms inside these gabled blocks, added to a hotel on a vineyard in rural Portugal by architect and set designer João Mendes Ribeiro (+ slideshow).

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

The white pitched-roofed blocks are modelled on traditional Portuguese farm buildings, but are instead made from cast concrete.

They were designed by João Mendes Ribeiro to house extra bedrooms and a concrete-lined spa for the Torre De Palma Wine Hotel in Portugal's Portalegre district.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

The vineyard hotel, where guests come to taste locally produced wine, also makes use of an existing farmhouse and a cluster of renovated out buildings that sit on the plot of farmland.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

Ribeiro tried to retain the character of the existing buildings, which feature white rendered walls and terracotta roof tiles, so he only made minor structural adjustments to the interior. Roof surfaces and cladding were also replaced where absolutely necessary.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

The architect then added a set of new cast-concrete buildings that mimic the form of the existing architecture, replacing structures in too bad a condition to be saved.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

These new building each have a cast-concrete structure, masonry walls and concrete slab roofs that differentiate them from their historical tiled-roofed neighbours.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

"The new constructions had two different natures – entirely new buildings that were placed outside of the original built aggregate and new buildings that replaced old constructions with a new common material identity," said the architect.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

Inside, simple concrete and timber additions subdivide and furnish the spaces. In a spa area, the white ceiling struts are left exposed, and a concrete changing cubicle sits to one end of a blue-tiled pool.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

The linear blocks skirt the edge of a yard paved with stabilised clay. A walkway made from white marble cobblestones from the Alentejo region runs around its perimeter.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

The farmland around the complex was landscaped by the architect to include a vineyard by a historic levada – a traditional irrigation trench – and a new swimming pool.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

An olive grove, orchard, and a kitchen garden planted with beds of vegetables and herbs provide fresh produce for the hotel restaurant, which is located in an older building with ochre paintwork and a white turreted tower.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

A new meadow that stretches out by a row of stables completes the series of alterations to the landscape.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro

Photography is by Do Mal o Menos.


Project credits:

Architecture and landscape architecture: João Mendes Ribeiro
Co-author: Luísa Bebiano (in the Wine Cellar and Cottar House buildings)
Collaboration during project phase: Ana Cerqueira, Ana Isabel Fernandes, Carina Carmo, Carolina Ferreira, Catarina Fortuna, Catarina Leal, Diogo Rodrigues, Filipe Catarino, Joana Brandão, Joana Canas Marques, Joana Figueiredo, Luísa Bebiano, Mafalda Moreira, Margarida Tavares, Maria Jerónima, Pedro Martins, Rui
Santos, Sara Ataíde, Sofia Rangel, Teresa Silvestre.
Collaboration during construction phase: Ana Cerqueira, Ana Maria Feijão, Catarina Fortuna, Filipe Catarino, Inês Lourenço, Joana Brandão, Joana Figueiredo, Nuno Alves Pereira.
Coordination during construction phase: Filipe Catarino
Structural engineer: Paulo Maranha Tiago
Hydraulic engineer: Vítor Ribeiro
Electrical engineer: Luís Filipe Besteiro Ribeiro
Mechanical engineer: Francisco Viçoso, João Madeira da Silva, Pedro Dias
Gas installations engineer: Pedro Ramos
Contractor: ABA – A. Baptista de Almeida, Construções Civis e Obras Públicas

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro
Site plan – click for larger image
Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro
Section one – click for larger image
Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro
Section two – click for larger image
Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro
Section three – click for larger image
Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro
Section four – click for larger image
Torre de Palma Wine Hotel by João Mendes Ribeiro
Section five – click for larger image