dRMM designs ‘wellness’ hotel on Portuguese coast

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UK architect dRMM has been selected to design a “wellness” hotel on behalf of hospitality company Hotel Atlantic, close to the town of Nazaré on Portugal’s west coast.

The firm will work with three Portuguese consultants: architect Estúdio Periférico, engineer Safre and landscape designer Leonor Miguéis.

The 43ha project will be terraced into the hillside and all 81 rooms will offer views of sea and sunsets. Guests are welcomed through a parabolic arch into a triple-height lobby with timber columns, from which they can descend to a restaurant or ascend a sculptural staircase to a panoramic bar.

The project will incorporate water recycling, solar panels and air ventilation, and the design is inspired by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The buildings will be built from locally sourced timber, stone, terracotta and cork. Timber exterior walls will be covered in Bougainvillea flowers and bamboo pergolas to offer shade.

At present, the design is waiting for approval by Alcobaça council and Portugal’s tourist agency, as well as support from investors.

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