A World of Wine: Quinta de Lemos by Carvalho Araújo Architects in Silgueiros, Portugal.
Text by Rooksana Hossenally for Yatzer.com.
Trees and scrubland adorn the otherwise arid sun-beaten gently undulating landscape of the Portuguese Dão Valley as far as the eye can see. Apart from the soft breeze, the air is soundless. Standing slightly elevated, a concrete slab snakes around the landscape whilst strangely fitting right in to the surrounding wilderness. The slab itself forms the roof of a single-story building that nestles among the large rocks that protect the building from the wind. Come nightfall, the building almost glows in the dark. In the daytime, the rural landscape of the vineyards dresses the building walls with sands, scrubland, golden sunrays and blue skies.
Designed by architecture heavyweights Carvalho Araújo (CA), Quinta de Lemos was completed in 2012. Located inland 50 miles from Coimbra close to the town of Silgueiros (Viseu) in Portugal, the property is an all-encompassing venue focused on the art of wine drinking for the family-run wine brand Quinta de Lemos and encompasses a restaurant, guesthouse and wine cellar. With its glass and concrete structure welcoming oenology enthusiasts, respected wine critics and the lay wine aficionado alike, instead of providing a purely commercial atmosphere, the house has a restful luxury holiday setting ideal for indulging in award-winning Quinta de Lemosvintages and for showcasing the family’s savoir-faire.
photo © Carvalho Araújo
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