João Mendes Ribeiro opted for a material palette of raw concrete and timber when designing an extension for the Torre De Palma Wine Hotel, a beautiful accommodation located in rural Portugal.
Ribeiro's boxy volumes were capped with white gabled roofs, borrowing from the architecture of traditional Portuguese farm buildings. The key difference between the hotel's roofs and those of a traditional Portuguese farm house lies in the fact that the former was made from cast concrete.
The extension was designed to provide extra bedrooms, as well as a concrete-lined spa, to the existing facilities. Ribeiro made special note of the character of the other buildings, which feature white walls and terracotta roof tiles, so as to ensure his design blended seamlessly.