Chiva Som Spa

Torres Novas, Portugal

The master planning for Chiva-Som International’s first European venture. Located 80km to the north of Lisbon the 70 hectare site is part of a stunning historic estate containing a traditional Castello. Fine original gardens and parterres are set within land of agricultural and ecological importance that has protected status. A series of gardens were proposed to complement and contrast with the formality of the original grounds. The additional land would be used for a variety of holistic activities to complement those of the spa.


A natural swimming pond, flower gardens and the growing of organic vegetables and fruit were proposed. The spa proposals included the re-cycling of water, grey water and waste through a ‘living’ machine located on the site.


Client: Chiva-Som International

Architect: Syntax

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