The Emerald House
Hilton develops the first Curio Collection hotel in Portugal.
Hilton develops the first Curio Collection hotel in Portugal, with an overall approach of two different yet interlinked interventions. On the one hand, the restoration of the existing building with interior refurbishment; on the other, the creation of a new building in a gap in the urban fabric. These two buildings form an architectural complex which represents a whole, united in its functions and in constant dialogue in terms of its forms. The architectural approach is largely based on the use and reinterpretation of formal elements and enduring, traditional materialities which characterise this area of Lisbon. The metrics and proportion of the interspaces, the ceramic glaze of the tiles and Lioz limestone were the elements used to support the contemporary approach, while remaining consistent with the rhythm of filled spaces and gaps of the surrounding area, reflecting a strategic choice of continuity and balance.
The accomplishment of this project involved team work between the architectural and interior design departments, led by Catarina Norton. This integrated approach allowed the best possible use to be made of the architectural options available, and to boost their usability and aesthetic value. The structure appears fluid in terms of the arrangement of materials and colours, strengthening the unity of the complex. This hotel located in Rua das Janelas Verdes, one of the most iconic historical neighbourhoods of Lisbon, was named The Emerald House, and, as the name itself suggests, is more like a house than a hotel. The warm Portuguese style of welcoming and pampering guests guided the theme for this project and aligned the different intentions.