Hospitality Design - December 2015 - (Page 53)

perspectives sustainable studio six senses douro valley By Kathleen Kervin Photography by Daniel Aubry GRAND RENEWAL A brand's eco vision is translated to its first European property Set in the lush hills of Northern Portugal's Douro Valley-amidst a working vineyard and overlooking the Douro River-a 19th-century manor house that was once a working quinta and most recently the Aquapura Hotel is now home to Six Senses' first European property. When the sustainably minded brand took over, it enlisted New York-based Clodagh Design-which had worked on the rebranding of the company when it was acquired by Pegasus Capital Advisors in 2012-to revamp the property. With the rebrand, the company was aiming to encompass "local luxury and glamour," says firm founder Clodagh, "but also maintain the same environmental ethics and be able to [eventually] introduce it as an urban experience." For Six Senses Douro Valley, "our job was to bring life, joy, and good energy into the property," she says. The firm completed some build-out within and around the existing hotel- including working with renowned landscape architect Margie Ruddick to swap out the "massive" tennis court for an organic garden that now supplies much of the resort's seasonal produce (the rest is sourced from the area), and installing a glass box off the eighth-floor lobby where guests can step out and take in the heady views of the river below. In line with the brand's commitment to minimize its ecological impact and support the community, materials and elements were sourced in Portugal, including stone from Lisbon for the lobby floor, locally made chandeliers (as well as lighting fixtures made from wine bottles and old fishing baskets), and Portuguese fabric and textiles in pure cotton and linen. As far as the design, "We were inspired by all the surroundings, of course," Clodagh explains. "We brought in the colors of the vineyard, the colors of the earth. It's one of the things we always do-bringing the outside in and inside out, weaving the two together." Here are some of the property's highlights. December 2015 053

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - December 2015

Hospitality Design - December 2015
Online TOC
From the Editor
Behind the Design
Sustainable Studio: Six Senses Douro Valley
5 Questions for Lee Schrager
Profile: Marcel Wanders
Trends: Technology
Edge of Creativity
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
The Old Clare Hotel
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - December 2015