Historic and Urban Context

Óbidos is a medieval city, with small alleys paved in stone, colourful facades and old glazed tiles (azulejos). The village is enveloped by the strong castle walls, generating a mystical ambiance evoking a return to the Past. Integrated in the Creative Cities Network Programme, it was nominated 2015’s Literary City of Unesco.


Ruins in stone masonry from an old thick construction were found in the building site, sporting independent volumes, patios and different accesses. Built in the beginning of the 20th century, it displayed traditional materials and construction methods typically Portuguese. The rehabilitation of the spaces and of the house’s initial volumetry was maintained and revitalized in the Architectural Project, authored by architect Maria Vladimira Carvalho.


Particular attention and care were given to this construction due to the value that ruins carry with them, but also because of the new space if offers to this village.

Restored items found at the spot

Bernardo Ubert, at his restoration workshop, in Magoito. Handcrafted wax.



With small areas (56,77m2, 60,30m2 + 44,88m2 patio, 61,14m2 + 32,62m2 + 27,40m2), the four apartments present quite dissimilar layouts. Some highlight the access through individual patios, others its singular shape.

The rustic appearance of the construction was maintained, as well as the homely aspect, thus offering a different welcome and invitation from larger mainstream hotel units. The goal was never to modernise the space, nor to create concepts around it, but to modernise functionality and the relationship with the surrounding space.

Furniture items that were part of the divisions of this house were found in the old ruins and were later restored. For example, two tables, all the chairs, two closets, all the bed side tables, the chests, several support tables and several cupboards.

The restoration work was led by Bernardo Ubert, having learnt the techniques used by his Master António Carita, at Magoito.

A new life and shine have been given to the run-down furnishings, through the artist’s dedication and perfectionism – sometimes, more than three full days were dedicated to one sole piece of furniture. He starts by consolidating the item and, after cleaning it, evaluates what are the necessary steps regarding the woodwork and finishing. He usually makes his own wax by mixing bee’s virgin wax, paraffin and carnauba in bain-marie, to which he adds essence of turpentine. The hues of the paints he uses are always a mix of colours.

Through colours and finishing, the goal was to attribute an identity to each apartment. Yellow and grey were chosen for the Oven apartment.

The white furnishings were incorporated into the Orange Tree and Little One apartments and the colour blue was assigned to the Garden apartment.

Special attention was also devoted to the antique furnishings kept in storage, belonging to the Owner Ana Cristina Costa. A full inventory was led at Bombarral and Fontanelas, in order to allow the balanced distribution and insertion of the items within the different apartments.

Recycled Items,
and Restored








(from left to right, from top to bottom)

In order to adorn some of the items, a figure was developed to symbolise Óbidos and the Women of its History. From the traditional embroidery of Óbidos emerged a stylised figure that was disseminated through the traditional method of decal by the Rugo Tile Factory, at Magoito in Sintra.


Óbidos’ Embroidery was created by Maria Adelaide Ribeirete during the 50s, when she realised that tourists were dazzled by the images on the ceiling of the Church of Santa Maria. She then proceeded to map the different motifs with the help of a mirror laid on the floor. The result was an ensemble of motifs composed by arabesques, birds, the castle of Óbidos and even the village’s name in “full cock’s feet stitching and flower-stem stitching on the fabric’s outline” on linen.

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Stylised figure, applied through decal on the furnishings

From this figure, the symbol “Places of History” has also emerged. Joana Oliveira, the graphic designer that created the brand’s image has delved into the topic and proposed a logo that would appeal to mystery and surprise, through the use of transparencies and the overlap of the lettering with the logo itself.

Each apartment are unique, because of the difference between the spaces and the accesses but also because of the items that incorporate the units. The colours and fragrances differ from apartment to apartment, the items are restored antiques that have found their way back to a special place after the transformation process.


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