Hotel, spa, restaurant and public spaces
Monte das Servas gives his name to an old rural complex, consisting of buildings for housing, production and storage of agricultural products.
The set is characterized by the grammar that is typical of popular architecture present in the southern Alentejo landscape: horizontal constructions with thick vaulted walls, arches, vaults and buttresses, almost flat roofs, terraces and threshing floors.
The intervention implies a thorough rehabilitation of the existing buildings, adapting them to a low-density tourist typology. Some of the preexisting structures are demolished, others altered; resorting to the use of technologies and traditional construction systems. The process excludes the use of infrastructure usually present in tourist buildings, such as air cooling or heating systems, but also current electrical and hydraulic systems which, here, are replaced by autonomous systems produced in-house.
In addition to the intervention in the buildings, the project foresees the rehabilitation of an extensive area of territory, reintroducing the endogenous characteristics of this place into the landscape.
[3rd Prize in competition]