In a very small village in Portugal, Europe, six country houses are transformed in a Sustainable Tourism Resort. New small buildings are necessary to provide some tourism facilities essential for an eco resort. Environmental friendly choices were made in order to develop a sustainable architecture tourism. The respect for the past allows a green future for this small historical village in Europe called Paredes de Coura.
The village recovery
Portugal has a huge number of abandoned villages. Many of these villages have very good architectural quality. They just need good projects to adapt to current comfort conditions. If we add a little modernity to these conditions, we have a unique tourist product. That’s what we designed in this village.
From a legal point of view, only six houses are needed to receive the village title. Starting with these, many more will follow. We try to maintain the existing dry joint stone masonry as much as possible. Respect for the past thus allows for a future in the beautiful restored village.