Located in a small Portuguese city north of Lisbon renowned for its medicinal hot springs and “thermal hospital,” this retail center emerges from its historical context in fluid forms. The project’s massing takes on two separate forms that work in harmony with each other. To the rear of the project, the rectilinear form reprises the hotel which houses patients visiting the thermal hospital. An existing supermarket is located across from the project site, so there was a vital opportunity to bridge the project over the road and create a new gateway into the city while connecting the shopping center to the supermarket. On the third level is an outdoor terrace from which patrons can view out toward the surrounding landscape and the future of the city. This dichotomy of form creates a unique building that is both rooted in the past and reaching towards the future of this growing city.