The project arises as a request for the conception of a gourmet restaurant. To the program initially proposed, was added a guesthouse, private and as a complement to the restaurant. More than an isolated building in the territory, De Lemos should relate to wine productionand represent an integrated investment in a global brand strategy. For this reason, it has always been thought of as a flexible body that could grow at any time to respond to new and different brand demands.
project name: De Lemos
client: Celso de Lemos Esteves
location: Passos do Silgueiros | 3500-541 – Viseu – Portugal
Latitude: 40º 34’ 40.8504” N
Longitude: 7º 58’ 51.963” W
construction area: 1.405 m2
site area: 152.112 m2
architecture: Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design
landscape: JBJC – João Bicho e Joana Carneiro, Arquitectura Paisagista
interior architecture: Nini Andrade Silva
Engineering, management and supervision: Eng.º Carlos Pires
contractor: Eduardo Oliveira Irmãos, Lda
The building’s design was developed from the topographic curves of the site, as a reference to the characteristic platforms from the wine’s production, especially in the regions of Douro and Dão.
The new building has defined an extensive path that represents the dimension of the terrain where it is located and as a result of the topography. The building’s orientation and program were defined from the main views of the vineyards and the natural light.
The point where the building is located creates a tension between the preexisting building and the new construction, forcing the creation of a connecting path. The location of the new constructions is only the continuity of that path; a drawing over the landscape, a constructed path leaning towards the beauty of the linear rhythm of the vineyards.