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Palácio da Anunciada

Restoring all the emblematic spaces of architectural value

The palace complex in Portas de Santo Antão is located in the centre of Lisbon and is composed of two buildings with courtyards and entrance halls.
Original, before refurbishment

Situated next to the Fernandina wall, at a certain point in history the area around Rua das Portas de Santo Antão was dotted with noble palaces. To the north is the 18th-century Palácio da Anunciada and to the south the 19th-century Prédio Nobre.

The intervention aimed to create a five-star hotel unit with a capacity for 83 rooms under the premise of maintaining and restoring all the emblematic spaces of architectural value, such as the lobby, the grand staircase, the four noble rooms, and the main façades of both buildings. Two floors in the Palácio da Anunciada that had been renovated from a deep state of degradation were completely rebuilt, while annexes to the north of the palace without historical or architectural value were replaced by a new body that maintains its extension, not only in terms of volumetry and alignment, but also in the language of the openings. The Prédio Nobre, which was a single-family dwelling of Pombaline character, despite being in a reasonable state of conservation, was adapted to the requirements of the hotel. The resultant set is enhanced by two gardens: an upper one of a more private nature for the enjoyment of hotel guests; and a central one that functions as a garden open to the public, with a restaurant and outdoor dining area. The Spa is found under the upper garden through the vaulted gallery of the old Casa de Fresco, while on the ground floor there is a lounge bar under the central garden connecting both buildings with a direct connection through Rua Portas de Santo Antão. In this same garden we can see the Dragon Tree, an ancient specimen that enhances the relationship between the garden and the experience of the hotel and the city.

Dining area, before refurbishment
Dining area, detail

Location, Lisbon, Portugal
Client, Private
Area, 8.500 m2
Phase, Built
Year, 2017 - 2019

Architecture, Miguel Martins Santos, Rita Costa (in-house)
Specialties, A2P, Udra
Supervision, Américo Pereira
Construction and measurements, Udra
Restoration, In Situ
Interior architecture and design, Jaime Beriestein
Photography, Francisco Nogueira

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Main facade, detail

National Refurbishment Awards distinguishes the Palácio da Anunciada Hotel. In addition to this recognition, the project has formerly won the National Real Estate Awards in Tourism and Building of the Year categories respectively.

The entire intervention is underpinned by a concern for maintaining and recovering pre-existing elements, fitting them into new uses and giving them prominence in the compartments where they are located. Each space was developed as a unique element, with the historical legacy preserved as much as possible as a matter of principle. The solutions applied not only optimised the hotel as a whole, but enhanced durability and simplified maintenance needs.

Intervention area, aerial view
Living and circulation area
Circulation area
Vertical circulation area
Circulation area, before refurbishment
Circulation area
Suite toilet
Suite, detail
Dining area, detail
Exterior area, ambience
Intervention area, detail
Swimming pool, aerial view
Plan, level 2
Swimming pool, detail
Intervention area, detail