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Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park won the coveted architecture prize from ArchDaily

February 25, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

International admission for the Portuguese Eco-Resort Pedras Salgadas Spa&Nature Park in Bornes de Aguiar: the Tree Houses of the resort are winner of the “Building of the Year 2014” in the category Hospitality Architecture.

The price is awarded by ArchDaily every year and is based on a voting of 60,000 architects from around the world. ArchDaily was founded in March 2008 as the online source of continuous information for a growing community of thousands of architects.

The project for the Tree Houses was developed by the architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade in partnership with the Modular System Company. The characteristic design associated with the slate and the woods at the base suggests a snake gliding between the trees. Like a wild animal in its natural habitat, the house suddenly appears in the visual field of the observer. The idea was to get an object that would be far away from the orthogonality and from pre-established concepts associated with the modular construction. The choice of materials gives an instant sense of connection with nature at the same time it established a coherent image of the proposal into a perfect symbiosis between the house and the Park. Each house comprises a studio with a bathroom and a kitchen and two windows – one with a view over the park, the other one with a view to the sky.

An hour´s drive from the city of Porto, Pedras Salgadas Spa&Nature Park invites you to stay in modern Eco Houses and experience the benefits of a Thermal Spa housed in the restored building that was once the nineteenth century Pedras Salgadas Spa. The power of the waters, the springs and the natural beauty of the park are some of the highlights of this new leisure hideaway, blending into the natural environment to please all generations. Located in the heart of the park, the 15 Eco Houses nestle among centenarian trees and lush vegetation, offering a color palette that appears to have come straight off an artist´s canvas. All Eco Houses boast cutting-edge technology, are equipped to accommodate up to six people and have a large outdoor deck. The Thermal Spa offers a wide selection of spa, wellness and beauty treatments, making the most of the benefits of Pedras Salgadas’ hot water springs. Most spa areas take advantage of natural light, allowing constant contact with nature, as it is the case with the indoor pool and its water system. The Pedras Salgadas Park unfolds along eight kilometers of paths, where you will invariably come across several springs that contain mineral water with proven benefits for the body. The main avenue through the Park shows its rich history, while providing access to many other services offered by the Pedras Salgadas Spa&Nature Park, such as the outdoor pool, minigolf course, playground and an attractive lake with over 3.000m2, where you can enjoy romantic boat trips.

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