FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in rural portugal

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in rural portugal

Lavandeira Douro Nature & Wellness by FCC Arquitectura

 

Lavandeira Douro Nature & Wellness, designed by FCC Arquitectura, is a wellness retreat in rural Baião, Portugal, surrounded by sprawling vineyards and a lush forest. Housed within an 18th-century manor made of charming granite, the primary structure comprises a chapel, a welcoming hall, cozy rooms, a traditional kitchen with a rustic fireplace, and bedrooms. In addition to the main house, the team has designed luxury cabins, offering modern accommodations that seamlessly integrate with the natural surroundings of Baião’s lush oasis. Photographer Fernando Guerra has captured this retreat immersed in its picturesque scenery in a series of photographs, showcasing the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal
all images by Fernando Guerra FG + SG

 

 

a blend of nature, tradition, and modern comfort

 

FCC Arquitectura (see more here) aimed to create a story for this property, fostering a deep connection between guests and the land’s rich regional traditions, all the while preserving the environment and the memories it cradles. The 7.3-hectare property, located near the Ovil River, offers wooden walkways for visitors to stroll around and enjoy the natural landscape and observe the regional flora, fauna, and traditional buildings such as mills and residences. Lavandeira Douro Nature & Wellness focuses on showcasing the property’s natural beauty, including the river, vineyards, local cuisine, and wine production, while also providing a comfortable and modern accommodation for its guests. The intervention plans involved the renovation of old buildings, the addition of new spaces, expanding accommodations, and the creation of a central hub featuring a restaurant, bar, spa, and outdoor pool. Additionally, the architects plan an ‘organic garden’ to supply fresh produce for the restaurant, underscoring a commitment to sustainability in the construction process to minimize its environmental impact.

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal
a wellness retreat amidst Baião’s lush oasis

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal
the cabins foster a deeper connection with nature

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal
visitors can stroll around and explore the natural beauty of the green setting

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal
the structures come in harmony with the pristine scenery

FCC arquitectura inserts wellness retreat into a lush oasis in portugal
generous amount of glazing frames scenic views

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project info:

 

name: Lavandeira Douro Nature & Wellness

architecture: FCC Arquitectura@fcc_arquitectura

architecture team: Fernando Coelho, Ana Loureiro, Sérgio Silva, Luís Vieira, Diana Teixeira, João Mota, Luciano Gonçalves, Diana Chumbo

interior design: Paulo Lobo

engineering: Engistart engenharia

landscape architecture: Paulo Palha

location: Ancede, Baião, Portugal

construction period: 2018-2023

implantation area: 3,560 sqm

building area: 4,550 sqm

photography: Fernando Guerra FG + SG

 

builders

general builder: Armindo João Gomes Empreiteiro

lighting: OHM light with identity

plumbing: Fernando Teixeira Pichelaria

hotel equipment: Horex

carpentry: Árvore de aromas

landscaping: Diaplant

metalwork: UrbMetal

HVAC: A. Cruz Lda

spa and pool equipment: Coroa&Costa

furniture: Oficinas gerais

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