Architecture . Architecture of Interiors, Design for Context

Hotel Penta, 1971, Lisbon

Interior, furniture and graphic Design for public areas (reception and circulation areas, restaurants, meeting rooms), rooms and suites.

The general austerity of the project would be tempered by the hierarchy of design, by the consequent combination of the conventional and the exceptional. To this effect, the graphics were given a special
importance. The tartan patterns of the carpeted floors, especially designed as an evocation of the English origin of the enterprise, were one of the main means used to promote the liveliness of the public areas.

The differentiated characterization of the environments resulted from the variation of the dominant colours, according to the uses of each space. Similarly, the interior signage, in addition to its current function of identifying spaces and routes, would, in certain situations, act as a decorative complement, creating unexpected details within the whole. Thus, for example, the floor identification panels, placed in the atria of the elevators, were materialized as vibrant coloured tapestries, fragmented and dynamic plastic compositions.

  • Client

    Soteis – Sociedade Internacional de Turismo with Cristóvão Macara.

  • General Architecture Design

    Frederico George and Manuel Magalhães, architects, with Daciano da Costa.

  • Design Team

    Daciano da Costa, Cristóvão Macara, Oterelo dos Santos, Guilhermina Campos, Jorge Cid

  • Other Collaborations

    Other contributions Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and Francisco Caldeira Cabral, landscape designers (landscape architecture); “Risco” (graphics and interior signage); Fernando Conduto (sculpture); Maria Velez, Sá Nogueira and Charrua (tapestries). 

    Builders Sociedade de Construções erg (general contractor); tap – Direcção do Serviço de Obras/José Godinho, engineer (general coordination and oversight).

    Furniture manufacturer Metalúrgica da Longra, Móveis Sousa Braga, Móveis Campos, Olaio, António Martins Sampaio, Tapetes Vitória (carpeting).

    Done. Exists with alterations.
    Refurbishment design by studio Daciano da Costa in 1986-1988.

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