In a controlled manner, the existing building is manipulated using materials and building techniques well known to the context. Some spaces are reconfigured, decreasing or increasing, according to its function. By opposition, the roof and the space under it, are reinvented with a clearer design. New windows, in the corner rooms, are opened towards the city, strategically framing natural and historical points of interest.
The reception and social spaces occupy the ground floor. Also, at ground floor level, there is one part of the spa facilities, that stretches out to the garden along with the pool. The room areas are in the first floor and at roof level.
There is a new separate pavilion, restaurant and bar in the garden, that works as a pivot between city and hotel. The roof arches relate to the old aqueducts, typical architectural elements of the city heritage. This roof is also designed to serve as the great balcony from which to watch the parade of the ‘Festa dos Tabuleiros’, a traditional city celebration.