Studio Gameiro Creates a Sultry Celebration of Portuguese Design with Members-Only Club in Lisbon
February 17, 2021
By Quinn Halman
In Lisbon’s Estrela neighborhood by the banks of the Tagus River, a new members-only wellness and social club encapsulates the beauty of Portugal’s landscape. “Portuguese materials and techniques are shown subtly throughout,” shares João Gameiro, project designer and founder of the multidisciplinary Studio Gameiro. What Gameiro calls an “earthy and global” aesthetic colors the remodeled factory building, which features various shades of russet hues.
Sandstone fins—extracted from the interior hills of central Portugal—are subtly embedded into the white concrete flooring, increasing in concentration as the opening corridor continues. Paired with terracotta tiles and accent pieces, the two light and dark clay-toned materials create a warm yet sophisticated ambiance. “These fins and the terracotta pieces are constant reminders of hand-craftsmanship and local products,” Gameiro says, noting the same sandstone appears in the reception and café spaces as well.
Wrought iron handrails, inspired by the filigree in Lisbon’s pre-Pombalino buildings is another refined nod to Portuguese design. The rattan used to construct various pieces throughout the space was manufactured by local artisans, putting delicate craftsmanship on display. “As part of our studio’s ethos, we always try to use local craftsmanship and materials in our projects, promoting the local art and skills within a sustainable background,” per Gameiro.