The Pedras Salgadas eco-resort is located between Vila Real and Chaves, north Portugal and was completed to the highest ecological standards.
The “Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort“, located between Vila Real and Chaves, in north Portugal, won the hotel and restaurant category 2012 building of the year, the ArchDaily website announced Friday.
The seven-building project was completed to the highest ecological standards with wooden constructions designed to integrate the project into the surrounding countryside and with cars banned from the site, for example.
Following the submission of over 3,000 projects worldwide, the Pedras Salgadas project was the only Portuguese winner across the fourteen categories.
However, nine other Portuguese projects did make it into the 70 ArchDaily finalists and including the Guimarães Capital of Culture Platform of Art and Creativity, the Sebastião da Gama in Setúbal, and the dental clinic in Lisbon, among others.
ArchDaily, which gets 70 million page views monthly, is a website which enables architects to share and comment on ongoing projects around the world.