Ecorkhotel in Évora, Portugal, by José Carlos Cruz Architect

Portuguese architect José Carlos Cruz has unveiled photographs of his Ecorkhotel, the first hotel in the world with external walls clad entirely in natural brown cork.

Located one hour outside of Lisbon, and five minutes from the city of Évora (a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1986), the complex is surrounded by olive tres, holm trees and cork trees, and it features a resort with 56 private residences, restaurants, a spa and a gym. Inspired by the typology found in the Portuguese villages of the area, the residential  areas lead to a central courtyard that offers services and public spaces, including a large outdoor pool with an adjacent bar commanding views of the enveloping landscape.