The conversion of the old thermal centre in Furnas, in the Azores, into a new spa hotel sought to resolve the apparent old/new paradox, creating a smooth transition between the historic and the contemporary. Equally, throughout the various spaces, natural elements gradually gain prominence, conveying the importance accorded to them by both the interior design and architectural plans in an unexpected manner.

This conversion comprises two buildings – the existing module, containing the hotel – and a new module housing the spa and treatment area. Since the main challenge related to maintaining the original outline, the plans prioritised the extension of the space using a neutral metal structure (in anthracite grey), filling the gaps with large sheets of glass.


«Furnas Boutique Hotel Thermal & Spa stands out from other such venues due to its exceptional nature (own thermal waters and muds sourced at the site), richness (diversity of the waters) and innovation of the treatments on offer, as well as the comfort and contemporary nature of the accommodation solution proposed.»

Miguel Saraiva

CEO and Leader Architect

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