New Life Portugal Wellbeing Center / PLATAFORMArq
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2482 square meters
Text description provided by the architects. The challenge was to create a center for wellness and mindfulness based on the idea of community living in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, a UNESCO World Geopark site and the oldest and largest protected area in Portugal. The properties selected already included a number of pre-existing buildings, which allowed the development of the project despite the numerous limitations that limit any intervention in a conservation area.
The New Life Portugal wanted to make the most of the property’s excellent conditions to offer meditation, yoga, advice, training, fitness, nature and mindfulness activities. Therefore, the various facilities are designed with the aim of establishing and maximizing a close relationship between the views, the surrounding nature and the concept of wellness.
The traditional buildings of the old ‘quintas’ were converted into condominiums, while the community facilities program was the theme of contemporary building design. The transformation of the ruins ensured its expansion, and the emphasis on the use of cork – a natural material with optimal thermal insulation properties and excellent aesthetic potential – to distinguish the difference between the old and the new.
The renovation of 10 pre-existing ruins allowed the creation of 4 apartment complexes with a total of 49 private indoor units, which were designated in order to ensure a balanced blend of privacy and community living. Community facilities include a multifunctional community center, meditation hall, and treatment center, as well as a reception building.
The multifunctional community center, which focuses on relaxation and relaxation, is the social hub of the community, consisting of a dining hall, lounge, gym (also used for workshops, yoga sessions, and meetings), heated outdoor pool, sauna and massage room.
The stunning meditation hall offers panoramic views of the valley. It is located in one of the highest locations on the property and creates the perfect atmosphere for meditation, yoga and mindfulness activities by making the most of the beauty of Serra da Estrela.
The treatment center consists of a number of rooms for individual counseling and life coaching sessions, among other therapeutic activities, ensuring the calm and comfort needed for a restorative recovery. This blend of modernity, traditional Portuguese architecture and materials, fostering a strong connection with nature, invites guests to feel open in their search for balance between body and mind.
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