The recently completed White Wolf Hotel looks like a large building that has been broken up into several white geometric pieces left hovering over the green landscape of Penafiel in Portugal. Instead of gathering the hotel functions all under one roof, Portuguese practice AND-RÉ created a cluster of smaller pitched-roof houses that rest on ground floors clad in continuous glass bands.
The entire development was designed with clean geometry and white exteriors that aim to create an atmosphere of calm and intimacy. Adopting a holistic design strategy, the architects created a series of small structures scattered across the site.
By reinterpreting the archetypal pitched-roof house as structures monolithic both in geometry and materials, the project aims to create “a non-aggressive sensation and a natural visual relation between the user and the building.”
Two distinct environments, related to the time of day, are provided within the structure. The ground floors are dedicated to common daily uses and are completely enveloped in glass. This transforms the common areas into unexpectedly bright spaces. The upper bedroom floors are more private and come with controlled natural lighting and skylights that provide views of the night sky.
Photos by João Soares