Today, we had the opportunity to visit an exciting new project in the Lavre area, focusing on regenerative design. The property was recently acquired by promoters who are keen on creating a tourist destination inspired by the digital nomad movement. We had been in contact with the property before through a technical visit, but this was our first on-site project visit.

Aerial photo of the property and the sorroundings

During the visit, Nuno Mamede Santos and Miguel Madeira were tasked with assessing the feasibility of our initial access proposal, which presented the primary challenge for this project. Our main objective was to establish a well-designed internal network of access, allowing both promoters and future guests to navigate the property effortlessly and access all the upcoming productive and leisure areas. However, due to changes in project objectives and specificities outlined in the Montemor o Novo Municipal Master Plan, we were compelled to consider alternative access proposals. This iterative design process allows us to adapt and refine our plans until we achieve the final product.

Aerial photo of the east side of the property

The property owners warmly welcomed us and ensured that our visit and meeting was well-organized. We had the pleasure of meeting the entire project team, including Tania Teixeira from Cru Atelier (architecture project), Bernardo Sá Nogueira and Miguel Hoeven (implementation team), Pedro Santos (staff), and, of course, the tireless promoter, Lieke Van Gestel.

Together, we explored the property, engaging in fruitful discussions, and collaborated on defining tasks for the implementation team. The day was punctuated by a delightful lunch fit for royalty. In the afternoon, at the Lavre event hall, we gathered to discuss maps and exchanged a wealth of productive ideas that greatly contributed to refining our initial access proposal.

Presenting the initial proposal for the access network

With newfound confidence, we left the property with a well-defined initial project matrix, marking the progress made. Our next step is to proceed with zoning definition, enabling us to return to the field and evaluate the area firsthand. Equipped with GPS tablets and Qfield, we will again compare our maps with the actual terrain, ensuring alignment between our plans and the physical reality.

We extend our best wishes and offer our support to the entire project development team, wishing them success in their endeavors!