BessaHotel Liberdade

Lisbon, Portugal

  • Year: 2011-2014
  • Client: BBon, Lda
  • Area: 9130 m²
  • Awards: Muse Design Awards 2019 - Silver Winner - Architectural Design - Hospitality

    Architecture Masterprize - Winner 2019

    2A Continental Architectural Awards 2019 - European Public Architecture - Honorable Mention
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Category: Hospitality


BessaHotel Liberdade is a four-star hotel located on Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most exclusive areas of Lisbon. The building occupies the terrain of two pre-existing buildings, one with seven floors above the street level facing Avenida da Liberdade and the other with four floors above the street level facing Travessa da Glória.

The external intervention intended to reconcile the needs of the new program with the building’s architectural heritage, namely in the preservation of the preexisting neoclassical facade facing Avenida da Liberdade. On the ground floor are located the main entrance of the hotel, the restaurant and all common areas. The upper floors contain the guest rooms, and on the rooftop, facing Travessa da Glória, we can find a gym. The interior design was a partnership between Ventura + Partners and Maria Otero.

In the rear of the building, on the first floor, a new common space was created for the exclusive use by guests, with a terrace, swimming pool and garden. The most striking feature of this space will be a vertical garden that covers the entire posterior facade of the body facing Travessa da Glória. This facade aims to counteract the mimicry associated with rehabilitation projects, proudly assuming itself as a totally new element. Used as if it were a material, green takes on the protagonist role, softening the impact of the building, contributing to its sustainability and giving the hotel a new life and color.

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