Underground boutique hotel opens in Portugal: Architect Manuel Aires Mateus designed the invisible hotel Casa na Terra near Lake Alqueva.
Lake Alqueva is one of the largest artificial reservoirs in Europe, its area is about 250 sq. km. Its surroundings are a nature protection zone, so any construction is prohibited here. But an exception was made for the new project – firstly, people lived on this site before the creation of the reservoir, and secondly, the building almost completely merges with the natural landscape and does not harm the environment.
The hotel resembles a bunker: built mostly of concrete and hidden underground, the only visible element of the building is a cantilevered canopy with two circular openings. Downstairs is a bright patio with panoramic lake views and three guest rooms. The interior spaces are surprisingly light, with white ceramic tiles and white pebbles, stone, and concrete flooring in a minimalist spirit.
The main entertainment here is a hiking, canoeing, biking, excursions to the nearby medieval village of Monsaraz. But first of all, this is a place for those who love solitude and silence. No wonder the villa has become part of the Silent Living collection of boutique hotels united by the idea of silence.
Accommodation prices start from 350 € per night.
Underground boutique hotel opens in Portugal