Located in the emerging Cedofeita area in central Porto, the Casa do Conto is a new concept hotel – arts&residence – conversion of a beautiful XIX Century Oporto House by Pedra Líquida.
The concrete ceilings of six separate rooms are (re)decorated by carved texts in bas-relief, narrate the changes undergone by the concept of “house” and of this house in particular.
In fact, this story happened twice: few days before the hotel opening, the building suffered a terrible fire, the architects had to rebuild it from the ashes.
Inspiration from architect:
In this sense, the new project evokes, through an abstract approach, the old house adornment and its wall textures by using traditional surfaces – crossed wood patterns, corrugated steel plates and curved plywood panels – as a “mould” for the new concrete walls: at the central staircase; at the back facade; at the cubic bathrooms inside every suite; at the oval-shaped central skylight, a typical Oporto typology. As a result we get a kind of “fossilized architecture” where those modern “skins” rephrase the pre-existing ones.