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MOTA‐ENGIL FINISHES ICONIC WORK
"A BRASILEIRA"
THE HISTORIC BUILDING WAS RETURNED TO THE CITY OF PORTO AND IS NOW ALSO A LUXURY HOTEL.
M ota‐Engil completed the rehabilitation and deep reconstruction works of
“A Brasileira”, in Porto. Located in Sá da Bandeira Street, close to Teatro Sá da Bandeira and Estação de São Bento, the historic co eehouse’s building
has been closed since 2013, when it was acquired by the businessman and former national team football coach, António Oliveira.
Mota‐Engil was awarded the intervention works in 2016 and little over a year later, in addition to the co eehouse, this renovated area now opens with a signature restaurant and a  ve‐star hotel belonging to the Pestana Group, the largest international hotel group of Portuguese origin. The luxury hotel has 90 rooms and suites across
six  oors, related to the spices imported during the Portuguese maritime expansion in the 15th and 16th centuries, namely: Co ee, Tea, Cocoa, Pepper,
Cinnamon and Anise. The hotel also has an outdoor patio with a vertical garden, a gym, lounges and meeting rooms.
The building’s rehabilitation project was under the purview of architects Ginestal Machado and Maria Ginestal, who sought to respect the twentieth century’s façade and the original design of architect Januário Godinho in the main rooms, as well as a large part of what withstood the two break‐ins of the building during the time it was closed.
Returning “A Brasileira” to the city and making it a “space of memory to honour artists from Porto, such as Júlio Resende, José Rodrigues or Ângelo de Sousa” were the owner’s goals.
Mota‐Engil is pleased to have been involved in a  agship project for the city of Porto and for the national urban heritage.
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