When 1 conjures images of thatched huts, modern luxury does not specifically come to thoughts. Architect Aires Mateus of Lisbon, Portugal took this rudimentary housing element levels beyond with Casa na Areia, a modern day boutique hotel-sort home near the pristine beaches of Comporta.
Formerly masonry buildings, Casa na Areia has been renovated to comprise 4 wooden-framed, thatched-roof beach bungalows: two a single-bedroom, a larger two-bedroom and a main cabin which attributes the common living room, dining room and kitchen. The principal house’s exterior and interior walls are constructed with horizontal bamboo function. All buildings are linked by wooden walkways upon the sand, a prevalent natural resource of this location. Guests appreciate the sunsets, flamingos and dolphins playing where the river meets the sea, as nicely as the 1,200 acre nature preserve surrounding this contemporary property.
Exuding a sense of rustic luxury, this minimalist retreat seamlessly brings the outdoors in with an organic sand “carpet” in the major living lounge, which is heated from beneath, making ultimate comfort for guests. (All structures have central heating available for chilly nights.) This unexpected interior style is innovative and amplifies the guests’ seaside escape.
The all-white furnishings of central house’s interior space are spare yet sophisticated with linen-covered Gervasoni Ghost chairs and sofa resting upon the soft fine sand. The huge dining table seats 8 and is crafted of a thick medium wood. Exotic accents like the wooden masks and drums from Mozambique create interest. Oversized glass sliding doors open unto the wood-planked terrace and permit for endless views of the spectacular landscape. Sophisticated lighting and technology such as WiFi and iPod docking stations are also obtainable to guests.
The bedroom cottages every single feature smooth concrete floors and brilliant white Corian bathrooms. Raw tree stumps stand in as evening tables and are a beautiful contrast to the far more delicate white bed linens. A wide glass door adorned with breezy white curtains permits all-natural light to embrace these interior spaces.
Just off of the primary cabin lies the rectangular plunge pool which is artfully built into the sand, and overlooks the river in the distance. Sleek chaise lounges and umbrellas rest upon its organic wooden deck.
Casa na Areia gracefully expands more than practically 2,000 square feet of organic landscape and is a magnificent instance of ecological, modern day design and style.