Hotel EXMO

Porto, Portugal

This project has been nominated for Prémio Nacional de Imobiliário, Best National Refurbishment Project for Hospitality 2020 (Prémio Nacional de Reabilitação Urbana 2020) and shortlisted twice for Archdaily’s Building of the Year 2020 in both international and Brazilian sites.

The main lighting concept of EXMO Hotel was to enhance the rich historical architectural features of the space. This building has been changing functions and internal layout throughout time and the lighting proposed aims to highlight these memories and reveal all these layers of time: the spiral staircase from the 1970’s, the stone walls, stairs and the arched windows from the medieval building. Despite being a simple and sophisticated intervention, lighting contributes to the rich ambiance of the space that connects the historical context of the building as well as the proposed contemporary interior design.


TeaandTea, S.A.


Porto, Portugal



Architecture Floret Arquitectura
Photography Ivo Tavares Studio
Lighting Design

Synapse (Paula Rainha, Ricardo Leal, Martina Frattura)