The wonderful, spare structure of the original house in rural Spain has been retained. A concrete floor is poured, a new staircase inserted, a simple tread and handrail detail added; old walls are kept raw, carefully considered niches are added. The house, old and new, is painted white. A sculpture placed here, a pop of colour there.
Can you feel the warmth? Contemporary house in Spain by Benjamin Caro via
In a series of low-slung, white, modernist buildings set among vineyards is this hotel. The warm, earth-toned interiors are dominated by wood and slate, with timber slat walls dividing the linear spaces according to function. Copper light fittings and bronze sculptural pieces add glamour to the wonderfully textural, bespoke furniture pieces.
This is the first project in Portugal to be certified under BREEAM. BREEAM (BRE – Environmental Assessing Method) is a standardised environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. More about BREEAM, here
So – good looks AND green credentials. I think I’d like to be checking in about now…
L’and Vineyards, Montemor, Portugal by StudioMK27 with Promontorio architects; photography Fernando Guerra.
I don’t think anyone does a sublime white interior better than the Danes, and this one is exemplar. It is a turn-of-the-century apartment near Copenhagen; the white backdrop with pale wood floors and white wash of classic features is all calmness and serenity. It is minimal yet inviting. Warmth eminates all around, in texture and tone. Materials are kept natural, textiles neutral. All images The Guardian