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Pousada de Cascais
Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

October 22, 2012 /

Cascais, Portugal

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Photo: Joao MorgadoThe Pousada de Cascais is set within the walls of the historical 16th century Citadel of Cascais fortress, one of the military forts built to defend the coast and entrance of the Tagus river. The fortress was acquired by the Cascais municipality for cultural and tourism purposes in 2003 and has now been fully converted to a luxury hotel.

The restoration and conversion by Gonçalo Byrne, Joao Gois and David Sinclair respects the heritage value of the site and the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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It is a place where ancient meets modern with many of the rooms dramatically set into the former barracks, making each space a different experience.

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Rising above the fortress the new building, covered with a corten steel grid, has a feeling of transparency and lightness in contrast to the massive fortress walls. The rooms in the new building have spectacular views of the sea or of the inner courtyard.

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The Pousada has 108 rooms and 18 suites.

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Model photo courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
Model

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Drawing courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
Site Plan

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Drawing courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
Ground Level Plan

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Drawing courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
First Floor Plan

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Drawing courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
Second Floor Plan

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Drawing courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
Roof Plan

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Drawing courtesy Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and DSAA Arquitectos
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Facts about Pousada de Cascais

Architects:

Gonçalo Byrne, G.B. Arquitectos
David Sinclair, DSAA Arquitectos
João Alexandre Góis

CollaboratorsGB Arquitectos:

Hugo Guerreiro
Paulo Street
Bernardo Bessa Monteiro
Bruno Marcelino
Joana Quintas
Tomás Bonifásio
Carla Vieira
DSAA Arquitectos:

Simon Dillon
Tiago Rocha
Tânia Cortez Pinto
Gonçalo Duarte
David Carvalho

Landscape architecture:

Luisa Estadão, Gerald Luckhurst

Structures:

Soares da Costa

Electrical installations:

Soares da Costa

Hidraulic Installations:

Soares da Costa

Mecanical Installations:

Soares da Costa

Construction:

Soares da Costa

Photographed by
Joao Morgado 

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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