The site where the W Algarve now stands was once an incomplete landscape with structures. Through joint efforts with our clients, we were able to transform it into the renowned W resort that stands proudly in Algarve today.
The project was an incredible journey that embraced the captivating scenery sculpted by the Portuguese coastal shores. We wanted to pay homage to the historical and cultural context of Algarve while infusing the social aspect of W hotel’s spirit into the design. The result creates a high-energy lifestyle intertwined with the beachscape sophistication of Algarve. A truly breathtaking and I am honored to have been a part of it.
Upon our first visit to the site and the lovely scene, we realized the incredible potential of the Algarve coastline and knew that the hotel would naturally become a destination of its own. Our client agreed that the hotel was meant to become a scene of itself to both overseas and local guests, so we conducted extensive research on the area, including Algarve’s rich traditions, culture, and history while handpicking local materials, crafts, as well as natural scene. Blending all of these elements into the design, guests from all over the world will be able to experience a taste of the local culture alongside the vibrant spirit of the W hotel brand. The result is a truly immersive experience that appeals to visitors from all over the world. The translation of the concept into space tantalizes guests into discovering layers of profound sensory experiences, exposing them to unexpected surprises within secret alcoves – Integrating the splendid Algarve lifestyle and culture into a colourful and energetic W getaway. Gestures of traditional Portuguese crocheting techniques are displayed through a series of virtuous episodes, weaving of pathways that mimic the symphony of nearby waves, and the sudden spark of electric energy from an unexpected location. Privacy is foreshadowed with latticed ceramic dishware, crafted by local artisans to suggest cultural elements of Portuguese history. Additional azulejos, hand-painted tin-glazed ceramic tile works chronicle the artistry of Portugal’s cultural aspects laced throughout the public areas and into the privacy of guest quarters. Although the hotel was designed to attract visitors from all corners of the globe, it was always an important aspect for us to create a design that has connect with the local community. With much of our inspiration and materials derived from the rich Algarve culture, we aimed to create a hotel that would be embraced by the locals as a true representation of their town. Our intention was to create a space that the community could be proud of and even visit on their own, as all of the iconic restaurants within the hotel are open to everyone anytime. The Market Kitchen restaurant has been created with a neighbourhood ambience, taking inspiration from local markets using traditional Calçada Portuguesa patterned pavements, Azulejos tiles and typical style windows. Also sitting atop the hotel with panoramic views as far as the eye can see, Paper Moon, sister to the renowned Milanese restaurant, showcases a chic white interior and exterior, created with white timber and monochrome floors. Stylish and energetic, this is another seamless indoor-outdoor space; interiors are airy and light with windowed doors that open out onto an expansive terrace where guests can enjoy the peninsula’s breath-taking sights.