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Derriade – Description / text

76 Comércio Street is one of the most vivid examples of domestic architecture from the period of intense industrial production that Olhão, in Algarve, witnessed through the first half of the 20th century. The building’s eclectic style - an unassuming entrance confined between 2 shops and a bourgeois 1st floor with high ceilings, plaster friezes and trompe l’oeil topped by a white and purple Moorish roof terrace – seems to reflect its urban condition, between the Moorish district and República Avenue.

Our clients want to convert the existing building into a guest house for travellers seeking a kind of urban and cultural experience that is hard to find in a chain hotel. Instead of embedding a new uniform language across the whole building, we accept and explore its original stylistic stacking to provide a surprising spatial experience. The ground floor houses the reception in half-shade between reflective walls: a pause on the way to the floors above. The 1st floor houses 6 bedrooms and has new round plaster ornaments and lights that add an unexpected "Rorchach" dimension to the decoration. The compact volume of the upper floor is extended with the same unpretentious Moorish spirit to house an 8th bedroom and a kitchen that serves the roof terrace. A 12 cm-thick flat roof suspended from the compact volume and the belvedere shelters the terrace from the sun and the rain.






Olhão, Portugal
2012 - Present
Built Area
303 m²
Site Area
123 m²

Vasco Correia and Patrícia Sousa
Tiago Garrido