The new building, designed by the Madrid studio Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos, houses two complementary activities: the new headquarters of the Atrio restaurant, and a small Relais-Châteaux hotel with fourteen rooms.
The new hotel in Plaza de San Mateo de Cáceres brings together contemporary architecture with a historical environment, from respect and continuity, where the intervention goes unnoticed in the view of the passer-by but generates an interior atmosphere that exalts the whole where it is implanted this project.
Within the medieval precincts of the city of Caceres, the site of the new Atrio-Relais-Château building was made up of volumes that had deteriorated deeply after years of neglect, where the architects were able to intervene in a correct way.
The new construction of Atrio-Relais-Château fits these buildings like a hermit crab inside an empty shell.
Thus, the new use revives and reactivates the existing buildings without life in a privileged enclave of the city of Cáceres, establishing an organic symbiosis and acquiring a new sense of contemporaneity.
On the ground floor is the reception of the hotel Relais-Château, the Atrio restaurant and its corresponding kitchen. In the two upper heights the whole of the rooms are displayed, which form a spatiality that breaks with the orthogonal form that turns to the patio of the hotel.
Ehe new functional body is coupled with the irregularities of the perimeter of existing buildings, and is shown to the outside by a structure of slender white concrete pillars. In the interior this figure of pillars is transformed into wooden pillars, material that respects and fits with the existing materiality of the primitive constructions conformed by thick walls of stone.
Photography: Luis Asin