Eduardo Souto Moura, Covilhã, Portugal, 2011
The Enatur Hotel (Pestana Group) results of the rehabilitation of the building of the ancient Sanatorium of the railway workers, in Covilha designed by architect Cottineli. The abandoned building situated at 1200 meters high will have the intervention of Souto de Moura who wants to rebuild the “monumental serenity” of the 20th century sanatorium in Serra da Estrela. The total investment goes up to 19,6 million of euros. The main challenges of the project are the use of the remaining building, the necessary excavation and the insertion of the needed infrastructures to maintain the existing openings.
The building procedure consists in cutting the slab in rectangles and fitting metallic beams in those holes so that the rest can be demolished. The slabs are generally mixed.