Memmo Príncipe Real Lisbon
顺势向上走到山头，一条石灰岩铺成的道路又将人引了下去，以为这便是路的尽头，走下去却是一方富有设计感的灰白色建筑，线条凌厉干净，一侧与毫无遮挡的里斯本风光相依，如同浮在半空中。这栋洁白的四方形建筑却是王储花园一带的第一家五星级酒店，Memmo Príncipe Real梅莫王储花园酒店。
Príncipe Real这片地区是里斯本上城区的一部分，因葡萄牙玛利亚二世王后的第一个儿子曾居住于此而得名，以不凡的设计和精巧的细节闻名葡萄牙的酒店品牌Memmo，也以“王储”命名，在Príncipe Real南端的山顶建起了品牌的第三家酒店。
Memmo的创始人Rodrigo Machaz说：“我们处于一个梦想的行业，而不是睡觉的行业。”因为被山顶上的风景迷住，Rodrigo联合建筑师Samuel Torres de Carvalho，将原本的一座老旧马术中心推倒夷平，在上面重新搭建了一间充满传统工艺之美的现代酒店，葡萄牙对手工技艺不朽的精神也在其中得到了充足的印证。
一进大堂欢迎客人的是王储的画像，代表了这片地区所特有的象征。它是原19世纪王储肖像的再创作，来自葡萄牙的当代艺术家 Carlos Barahona Possollo。 有趣的是，这幅画将王储所佩戴的项链以及文件上的内容变成了 Memmo 的Logo变色龙，王储所看向的地方也变成了从酒店望去的里斯本风景。选择这样一幅画作为名片，可见酒店对不同元素相融合的独特玩味。
大堂的地面也由石灰岩铺就，致敬葡萄牙的传统石工业。抬头可以看到前台墙面上一幅巨大的石膏雕花作品，由酒店委托陶瓷艺术家Iva Viana制作。Iva以王储花园地区最著名的花园和茉莉花为灵感, 在其中运用葡萄牙19世纪宫殿的天花板石膏线脚塑造技术，她说：“对‘手工制作’的迷恋，以及现代产业材料和传统石灰铸造技巧的相互碰撞，启发了我把过去和将来融合”。
房间内部同样展现了独一无二的手工技艺。灯具来自海边小镇 Marinha Grande的玻璃工匠，酒店在其彻底停产前及时D订做了最后一批，以此纪念葡萄牙曾经自豪的玻璃制造业。洗手间内的花砖全部来自一所古老的房子，酒店将它们重新拼凑，时光的痕迹展露无余。
The springtime Lisbon is a good place for a stroll, and the drizzle brought some surprising romance to this always sunny city. If you do not want to encounter too many tourists in the Alfama district, the Príncipe Real in Bairro Alto is very ideal. This area is covered with lush green plants, exotic designs and chic and sophisticated restaurants, and more quietude can be expected after the rain.
After going uphill to the top of the hill, a limestone paved road leads people down again, just when you think that this is the end of the road, a greyish white building awaits when you walk down again. The lines are sharp and clean, and on the other side, there is no shelter; blending with the Lisbon scenery, it is just like ﬂoating in the air. This white, square building is the frst fvestar hotel in the Príncipe Real area, Memmo Príncipe Real.
The area Of Príncipe Real is part of the Bairro Alto district.It was named after the first son of Queen Maria II of Portugal who once lived here. The Portuguese hotel brand Memmo, famous for its extraordinary design and exquisite details, also named after the Prince Royal, built the brand‘s third hotel on the top of Príncipe Real‘s southern hilltop.
Rodrigo Machaz, founder of Memmo, said: ”We are in a dream industry, not a sleeping industry.” Fascinated by the
scenery on top of the mountain, Rodrigo joined forces with architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho, pushed down an old
equestrians riding centre, and a modern hotel full of traditional craftsmanship was built on top of this, and Portugal‘s spirit of handmade craftsmanship is also duly verified.
The architect Samuel is famous for his presentation of modern design. He is from Portugal and familiar with the
changes of Portugal, and he also delicately combined the modern and the traditional in the design of the hotel. The
hotel‘s fourstory building is covered with white gypsum, while the middle floor uses bright floortoceiling windows and a black structure of industrial style to balance the gypsum‘s rough texture and achieve the overall transparency and visual clarity. In turn, the designers used limestone, an ancient Portuguese building material, to pave the way into the modern building.
A portrait of the Royal Prince welcomes the guests in the lobby and it represents the unique symbol of this area. It is a re creation of the original 19th century Royal Prince portrait by contemporary artist Carlos Barahona Possollo from Portugal.Interestingly, the painting changed the necklace worn by the Royal Prince and the contents of the document into Memmo‘s Logo a chameleon. The place where the Royal Prince looked at also transformed into Lisbon landscape from the outside of the hotel. Choosing such a painting as a business card shows that the unique combination of different elements in the hotel.
The ground floor of the lobby is also paved with limestone and pays tribute to the Portuguese traditional stone industry. Looking up, you can see a gigantic plaster carving artwork on the front wall, commissioned by the hotel‘s ceramic artist Iva Viana. Iva is inspired by the most famous gardens and jasmines in the Royal Princes Garden area, and uses techniques from Portugal‘s 19thcentury palace‘s ceiling plaster molding. She says: ”The fascination with ‘handcrafts‘ and the collision of modern industrial materials and traditional lime casting techniques inspired me to integrate the past and the future.”
The Chameleon is a bit bizarre and lovely as a Hotel Logo. In fact, the Chameleon indicates that the hotel can perfectly integrate into the local site. It also implies the rich and varied colors of Lisbon. If you look closely, Memmo‘s chameleon is filled with multiple thin lines of circles. After staying at Memmo Príncipe Real, we found this Logo is indeed the best representative of the hotel, because it really is deep in local style, colorful, and full of details.
The modernity and coldness of the exterior of the hotel was eased when passing through the curved oakstriped vestibule. From the stairs up, upon arriving at the room, the coldness and fierceness at the beginning turned into a gentle and pleasant tone. The 41 rooms are in line with the overall modern minimalist style of the hotel. Gray green, light green, yellow, light brown, the use of natural colors creates a soothing atmosphere, but also doesn‘t destroy its elegant modern tone by overwarmth. The use of oak strips throughout the room, from the headboard to custom furniture, to the sliding door separating the space, adds a touch of oriental charm to the room. The floortoceiling windows framed by black lines echo the exterior of the hotel and capture all of Lisbon‘s cityscape and Tagus River scenery.
The interior of the room also exhibits a unique craftsmanship.The lamps come from the glass artisans of the seaside town of Marinha Grande. The hotel made a final order before it was completely shut down to commemorate Portugal‘s once proud glass manufacturing industry. The tiles in the washroom all come from an old house, and the hotel reassembles them, preserving the traces of time.
Toiletries in the room were from Armani. Handmade soaps and custom soap boxes on the washstand were small gifts the hotel prepared for the guests. There is a more mysterious gift in the room hidden under a green felt hat on the sofa. The hotel will keep Lisbon‘s event recommendations and tickets at the bottom of the hat, extending an ”invitation” to the guests to go to other good places in Lisbon to better understand the city. Such details are new and affectionate.
”Memmo” means ”memory”. As a brand name, the hotel hopes that guests will be able to bring back the special atmosphere,sound, pictures and feelings when they leave and have a beautiful memory. The memories brought to us by the Memmo Príncipe Real are multidimensional, rich and profound, and we have already begun to wonder, what memories will be created in the other two hotels in Memmo