The Rebello Hotel Channels Porto's Industrial Heritage Through a Lens of Artistic & Artisanal Creativity
정제된 언어와 대담한 텍스쳐, 장소마다 다른 오브제, 맞춤형 가구와 독창적인 예술품이 어우러지는 호텔의 새로운 디자인 철학은 리스본에 본사를 두고 있는 콰이어트 스튜디오의 작업이다. 투숙객들은 103개의 객실에 머물면서 포루투칼 전통요리를 퓨전으로 하는 레스토랑과 두개의 럭셔리 바, 로마 목욕탕을 모티브로 디자인된 스파 등 다양한 컨셉 공간을 만나게 된다.
Hotels are traditionally rated on their level of service, range of facilities and quality of amenities. There are nevertheless other aspects such as character and ambience that are just as important yet usually overlooked in ratings as they cannot be quantified or enumerated. Take The Rebello, a new five star hotel in the historic town of Vila Nova de Gaia across from Porto on the River Douro in Portugal; while it ticks all the boxes when it comes to luxury amenities, what makes it stand out is neither its spacious accommodations, personalized spa treatments or the signature cocktails served in the rooftop bar, but rather its unique character that channels the area’s industrial past through an artisanal lens.
Taking over a series of 19th century industrial buildings on the banks of the River Douro, thoughtfully renovated by Lisbon-based architects Metro Urbe, the hotel pays homage to its industrial heritage as well as the city’s port wine industry – its name comes from the Portuguese word (rabelo) referencing the small wooden boat traditionally used to transport barrels of port wine – but does so in creative ways inspired by how artists and artisans have always used industrial spaces throughout history.
Combining clean lines and bold textures with site specific installations, bespoke furnishings and original artwork, the hotel’s neo-industrial aesthetic, the work of interior designer Daniela Franceschini, founder of Lisbon-based Quiet Studios, invites guests “to reflect on the creative process” while staying in one of the 103 artfully curated apartment-style suites or taking advantage of its exceptional facilities which include a restaurant that tweaks traditional Portuguese dishes, two sumptuous bars, a Roman baths-inspired spa, and a concept store that doubles as a café and deli. Add in the spectacular views across the river to Porto, and it’s not surprising that The Rebello is already one of the city’s hotspots, only a few months since it opened in July.
Occupying a former kitchen utensils factory that had been left abandoned for some time, Bomporto Hotels’ third project in Portugal is spread across four buildings comprised of two restored stone-built structures and two newly built buildings. While the hotel’s exterior is characterised by its austere, no-frills sensibility, the artfully curated interiors are much more layered, thanks to Franceschini’s harmonious fusion of artisanal craftsmanship, artistic creativity and modern design. Custom details designed by her studio, including bespoke soft furnishings and furniture, are mixed with bespoke installations and objects crafted in collaboration with local makers and artisans inspired by the property’s industrial past and the city’s shipbuilding heritage which is rather befitting as the hotel is located next to the city’s only remaining boatyard.
Nautical themed elements abound, from the choice of colours, materials and textures, to the ceramic nets by Atelier Fig and a sculptural installation by studio THER in the reception that is made from re-used timber from the famous rabelos. The studio-made and artisanal-crafted custom designs are complemented by a collection of vintage furniture and objects and a curated art collection sourced from a host of local and international artists and galleries such as drawings by the Spanish artist Josep Maynou, plaster works by the Los Angeles- and Berlin-based Tomek Sadurski and ceramics by the Lisbon-based Joana Passos.
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