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How to Live Well

Eco-Village Masterplan

How to Live Well

Tavira Wellness Retreat

A wellness retreat, community living and a rural village Tavira Eco-village is a 'place to live well'.

Project Details

  • Category: Architecture / Environmental / Insight / Human / Digital
  • Location: Tavira, Portugal
  • Status: Concept

Finding Purpose in Community

A cross between a wellness retreat, community living and a rural village, Tavira Eco-village is ‘a place to live well’. Working with the client team, Heta developed the strategic briefing, visioning and masterplan for the project and integrated community-led principles of sustainable community, healthy living and shared discovery.

Set amongst the natural beauty and restoring elements of the Algarve, the eco-village is designed to provide a home, healthy lifestyle and wellness hub for a community of active seniors, local workers, second homers and visitors. The needs, desires and shared values of these community stakeholders in combination with the delightful local offering in and around Tavira, have helped inform certain inclusions to the masterplan such as senior living homes, community residences, an apartment hotel, a wellness and rehabilitation centre, medical centre, food and nutrition centre and a community hospitality, retail and workshop space. These components combine around an active central village square or ‘Praca’, providing a connective centre for community gathering and activation.

Community User Groups
Community User Groups
Research Areas
Research Areas

Integrated Principles

Heta's human-centred approach has identified the integration of wellness and environmental design as vital to enable a thriving and viable community offering. Using Heta tools and frameworks, we developed experiential interventions across the masterplan and wider area to include exercise, nutrition, environmental quality and wellness, medicine and rehabilitation, regenerative health research, digital wellness tracking, biophilia and connection to nature, and the local lifestyle and culture of the Algarve.

Wellness lifestyle real estate is a nascent industry that recognises, and has the potential to meet, today’s immense health challenges. It represents a shift that explicitly puts people’s wellness at the centre of the conception, design, creation, and redevelopment of our homes and neighbourhoods.

Andrew Coutts, Client
Masterplan Overview
Yvonne Pinniger

Yvonne Pinniger

Senior Associate

Yvonne Pinniger

Yvonne collaborates with community-focused organisations to help generate collective prosperity. Together, through user-research, strategy and participatory design processes, we deliver thought leadership, actionable strategies, education and inclusive experiences that deliver social, environmental and financial value.

Her background is a blend of design, strategy, research, education and organisation-wide methodology creation and consultancy with various partners; this includes:

Building relationships with clients and leading teams through strategy and design to create experiences that attract, involve and create a sense of belonging as Design Director at FreeState and Creative Director at Human City; Business development, methodologies, workshops, proposal and pitches for various organisations including volunteering with various charities and non-profits including NCS, Loneliness Lab and Age UK.

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