Architect Q&A Jutta Hoehn
Where did you grow up and what was home like? I was born and raised in the spa town of Wiesbaden, in Germany—it’s famed for its architecture. I think it was this exposure to the beautiful buildings that ignited an early passion for design and architecture. Germany, and although I enjoy the fruits of their labor, I never saw myself becoming a farmer. Even at an early age I loved design and interesting buildings, so architecture seemed a natural career choice. I studied architecture at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Why and when did you form JSH Algarve? I led the redesign of what would become one of the Algarve’s first five-star hotels in 1999. I decided to settle in Portugal and founded JSH Algarve. We specialize in bespoke design across Portugal, including both interior and exterior architecture, new builds, renovations, and remodeling. In what way does the Portuguese climate influence your designs? My surrounding environment plays a fundamental role in my designs. Given the beautiful weather, we focus just as much on exterior living as we do on the interior. We aim to create light and cool open spaces to maximize the connection between indoor and outdoor and develop a harmonious duality between the two. We also strive for green solutions and sustainability. modern lines, and Portugal’s year-round warm weather Was it always your ambition to be an architect? My family have vineyards in The founder of JSH Algarve is inspired by traditional tiles, clean
How do you approach a commission? The design process begins with a conversation where we discuss ideas, the client’s tastes and preferences, as well as the location and topography of the site. I then transform this into a 3D design concept. We also use virtual reality so that clients can get excited about the end product. I love working collaboratively with clients to make their visions reality, while injecting my own signature style. Describe the Jutta Hoehn “look.” My style is a blend of contemporary and traditional elements. I often use authentic Portuguese tiles within my properties, which juxtapose well with the modern aesthetic of my projects. Challenges can lie in blending modern architecture with traditional finishes and striking the correct balance between the two.
Clockwise from top right: Quinta do Lago Golf Leste, one of a number of “super villas” that JSH Algarve is creating in the Quinta do Lago golf resort in Portugal; the property’s light-filled interior; Villa Varandas do Lago; Villa Vale do Lobo; Villa Vale Verde.
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