Parque de Vidago [Vidago Palace], Vidago, Portugal (2002-2010)
This project series documents the Parque de Vidago in Vidago, Portugal. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 49/00. The office assigned the dates 2002-2010 to this project.
This project consisted of extensive modifications to the spa resort Parque de Vidago Palace Hotel for owner VMPS - Águas & Turismo, S.A, part of Unicer (now Super Bock Group). The Palace Hotel and its surrounding nature park were originally proposed by King Carlos I at the beginning of the 20th century in order to create a luxurious resort around the famous Vidago mineral springs. In 2006, the resort was temporarily closed for the work to begin. For Siza, this primarily consisted of the construction of a new thermal spa, the conversion of rural buildings into vacation homes, and the building of a new clubhouse for the golf course. These three aspects of the project were divided as three subprojects by the office and have been arranged under AP178.S1.2002.PR05.SS1, AP178.S1.2002.PR05.SS2 and AP178.S1.2002.PR05.SS3, respectively. While the spa and clubhouse were both built, the vacation homes were not realized. The resort reopened in 2010.
Several smaller buildings were also realized as part of this project including the Fonte Salus (spring), the Fonte de Vidago (spring) and the Portaria (gatehouse). Materials for these three building are arranged in AP178.S1.2002.PR05.SS1. Also included were several buildings that were not realized such as the Academia de golfe and the Edifício da manutenção (arranged in AP178.S1.2002.PR05.SS3), and the Espaço Serralves (arranged in AP178.S1.2002.PR05.SS1).
This project was realized in tandem with another similar project by Siza, the Parque de Pedras Salgadas (AP178.S1.2002.PR06), also owned by Unicer. For this reason, the materials for both projects are mixed together. Files in this project series that contain materials for the Pedras Salgadas project have been identified at the file level.
Material in this project series were divided into three subseries by Álvaro Siza’s office and have been kept in this order:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
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