Design firm Rebelo de Andrade rehabilitated a 19th century thermal spa in northeast Portugal, adding a beautiful hotel to the existing property. The new Longroiva's Hotel & Thermal Spa establishes a strong connection with the surrounding landscape through its materiality and layout.
The thermal baths are located in Mêda, a municipality in northeast Portugal, and go back to Roman times. Built in the late 19th century, the existing Thermal Spa was rehabilitated to accommodate 17 rooms and various common areas where guests can meet and socialize. A walkway connects the existing building to the addition, which comprises five room modules built along the slope, with several gathering spaces in between them.
Service areas and 10 new bungalows are located above the rooms. By combining traditional references and modern architecture, the development establishes a dialogue with its natural surroundings while providing its guests with a contemporary facility.
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