We at Terracrua Design are excited to announce the successful completion of a regenerative framework for a 20-hectare property near Cercal.

Our holistic design process includes:

#Water in the landscape:

Terracrua Design’s water management strategy follows the principles of “slow, spread, and sink” (S.S.S.), which are designed to promote the infiltration of rainwater into the landscape. Our water network includes strategically placed dams, ponds, swales, and forests, which work together to slow down the movement of water, spread it across the landscape, and allow it to sink into the soil. This system not only helps to maximize the success of productive and forestry plantations, but it also promotes the regeneration of local ecosystems and enhances the resilience of the landscape.


At Terracrua Design, we understand that roads and tracks play a crucial role in providing cohesion and effectively subdividing the property. Our smart network of roads and pedestrian tracks is strategically designed not only for efficient access but also to serve as a water catchment tool. By directing surface runoff towards dams and ponds, we prevent erosion and soil loss, while maximizing the potential for water harvesting and storage.

#Zone 5 – Structural vegetation:

At Terracrua Design, we understand the importance of creating a landscape that not only supports human activities but also promotes biodiversity and ecological balance. To achieve this, we incorporate a structural vegetation grid that mimics the natural glade phenomenon. This grid is strategically placed on hilltops, valleys, perimeters, access hedges, and green corridors to provide protection for human activities while also creating habitat for wildlife. This vegetation grid is designed to capture rain and fog, recharge aquifers, and restore water sources.


Terracrua Design’s approach to productive areas is centered around creating diverse and sustainable agricultural systems through the use of polyculture and multilayered plantations. Our productive zones are meticulously planned with simple patterns that allow for full mechanization while incorporating a variety of species and layers. This creates a thriving ecosystem that promotes biodiversity, soil health, and long-term sustainability.


At Terracrua Design, our infrastructure planning is guided by principles of efficiency and optimal effectiveness. We prioritize decentralized water management to promote efficient use of resources, protect water reserves, and reduce energy usage. This involves installing water harvesting and storage systems, and designing irrigation and drainage systems for conservation. We also aim to minimize our ecological footprint through the use of renewable energy sources and energy-saving technologies to maximize energy efficiency.

01 – QGIS Project File: Comprehensive Overview
Our clients can analyze the project in the QGIS program on both Mac and PC. This file offers a detailed view of all proposed elements, allowing for in-depth exploration and understanding of the design. The promoter can load the georeferenced project map on their iPhone or Android device for on-site navigation, showcasing the convenience of working with modern tools.

The QGIS project file, PDF maps, and key table provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of the design and the flexibility to adapt the implementation schedule to their financial needs.

02 – PDF Maps in A1 Format: Visualizing the Vision
We provide professionally printed PDF maps in A1 format. These maps visually represent the project and highlight key aspects, enabling clients to better grasp the layout and relationships between different elements.

03 – Key Table: Cost Estimates and Timeline
To accommodate financial considerations, we offer an editable key table. This table includes cost estimates and a flexible timeline, allowing clients to adjust the implementation schedule based on their finances.

We are committed to providing the best support and wish the project promoters every success!

This project team:

Project Director and Initial Drafts: Nuno M. Santos

Qgis designer: André Carvalho

Estimations and timeline: Nuno M. Santos