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perspectives sketchbook pedras salgadas > After architect Álvaro Siza Vieira left the Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort project in 2010, the Unicer group had to find another visionary to take his place. Architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade, of Lisbon-based RA Studio, was awarded the challenge of rekindling interest in Portugal's nature park. Once a popular holiday destination for royalty and cureseekers, Pedras Salgadas was well known in the 19th and early 20th centuries for its naturally sparkling mineral springs. These waters still bubble up throughout the park, and Pedras Salgadas mineral water is bottled nearby and sold globally. Vieira renovated the park's 19th-century balneario-or spa-before leaving, and it's open for treatments again. But while the waters alone were not enough to bring tourism back to Pedras Salgadas, the spa and Rebelo de Andrade's visionary eco houses are catching people's attention. The architect used locally sourced materials to build the 13 eco houses, while avoiding chopping down any trees. By implementing prefabricated sections, he was able to assemble the structures like Legos on-site depending on where trees were growing. Three sections snap together: one fitted with the entrance and bathroom, another with two bedrooms, and a third with the living room and kitchen. Connected by a forest pathway, all the houses have large decks in Portuguese pine wood. Two additional structures, named Tree Snake Houses, sit on 16-foothigh steel supports. Both are accessed by suspended footbridges, which lead into a 236-square-foot space fitted with a kitchenette, bathroom, shower, table for two, queen bed, and sofa bed. Rebelo de Andrade had to convince the Unicer group that his atypical structures would interest future guests. "They all thought that a treehouse was something like Robinson Crusoe," he says. "I showed them images of modern treehouses and then we took a trip to Sweden to stay at Treehotel." As he points out: "The thing about tourism these days, is that people are looking for an experience." May 2014 095

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2014

Hospitality Design - May 2014
online TOC
from the editor
business sense state of the industry
trends millennials
places berlin
places hawaii
interview the trump organization
interview tao group
interview david seargeant
interview valeriano antonioli
5 questions for robert mckinley
profile cecilia dupire
trends rich fabrics
cevisama roundup
hd expo preview
from the show director
roger thomas
conference highlights
an nam
night market elements
the line
renaissance barcelona fi ra
hard rock hotel palm springs
ace los angeles
omni nashville hotel
regent phuket cape panwa
only you hotel & lounge
hyatt atlanta midtown
the royal snail
row nyc
st. cecilia
sophie’s at saks fi fth avenue
herringbone los angeles
old crow smokehouse
ad index
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back space
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Hospitality Design - May 2014