HOTEL SÃO JOÃO

UNDER CONSTRUCTION, PORTO, PORTUGAL

Located in Rua de São João, Jasmin Group’s first hotel will result from the conversion of a building from the 1700s in downtown Porto into a boutique hotel. The building will have a total area of 1,200 m2 (13,000 sq ft) and will consist of 28 guest rooms.
Erected in the 18th century, the building has a stylistic and architectural design that is typical of the city’s urban palaces of the period. The construction work was scheduled to last 18 months, but due to difficulties inherent to interventions in classified areas, has been significantly extended. Nevertheless, the rehabilitation strategy and the concept initially planned remain in place, demonstrating the timelessness of PPS interventions.

The renovation, carried out by PPS, preserves the original decorative elements, including some tilework and the plaster ceilings of the old chapel. The concept developed was primarily inspired by the period during which the palace was built, converging on the idea of Emporium. Having operated as a trading house, the building still preserved some service structures that served as a source of inspiration for the development of the project. Merging classic aesthetics with cosmopolitan contemporaneity, PPS's design for this hotel is characterized by its eclectic mix of styles, combining period-inspired furniture with modern tables and chairs. In the guest rooms, the wall art displays pieces that are representative of the PPS approach and style. The presence of back-lit classic painting portraits, with bold and contemporary strokes of paint at eye level, makes the characters silent accomplices to whatever may happen in the confines of the guest room.
The public areas will be located on the ground floor, where a lobby bar and a breakfast area are planned. A rehabilitation work such as this, in a classified urban area with architectural elements that must be preserved, requires meticulous work and a systematic approach by the design team, in order to find technical solutions capable of overcoming the challenges that these facilities entail.
The interior architecture design project was developed in collaboration with architect João Figueiroa | B229.