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The Terra Lodge Hotel opens in Cape Verde, designed by Ramos Castellano


In Mindelo, the capital of São Vicente Island, one of the ten that shape the sovereign archipelago of Cape Verde, the Terra Lodge tourist agency has opened a brand-new hotel that seeks to become the base of operations for visitors to the island. After having acquired a manor house in a colonial architectural style situated near the historic centre of the island capital, the company commissioned the local team of architects Ramos Castellano with the design of a hotel surrounding the old building.

The project’s main decision was to distribute the hotel rooms in a set of volumes on the various levels of the terrain according to the traditional architectural insertion in the local medium. The four freestanding bodies containing the suites are volumes in pure shapes facing the right direction for enjoying the best sunlight and magnificent vistas, both of the city and of the bay. The open parts of the volumes, cantilevered over the terrain, constitute wooden exterior galleries connected to the rooms via large glass panes.

Next to the colonial building, which houses the communal services, is the entrance and another of the new-build volumes, in this case on piles, intended for the breakfast room. As well as marking the access, this building open to the three cardinal points has the function of protecting the terraces from the strong winds blowing in from the Sahara. The exterior areas assume circulation functions between the volumes as well as recreational functions, prominent among them the garden spaces, the intimate swimming pool and the fabulous communal terraces over the city of Mindelo.

The architects addressed the difficulty of finding some of the materials on the island by applying traditional techniques and elements. Particularly noteworthy is the joinery, handmade by local artisans. The hotel’s sustainability is achieved through the use of recycled materials, the installation of photovoltaic panels and the inclusion of a watering system that reuses water.


Alto de Santo Antonio, 11
Mindelo, São Vicente. Cabo Verde

T/+238 231 2919



Avenida 5 de Julho, 18
Mindelo, São Vicente. Cabo Verde

T/+238 982 5632

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