Clay plaster for a SPA designed by Manuel Aires Mateus in Alentejo

TerraTon Wall finishing plaster made from natural pozzolan clay, cement and fine-grained mineral binders applied to the exterior surfaces

Clay plaster for a SPA designed by Manuel Aires Mateus in Alentejo. TerraTon Wall finishing plaster made from natural pozzolan clay, cement and fine-grained mineral binders applied to the exterior surfaces. Photo: João Guimarães

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About the project

The Malhadinha Nova hotel in Portugal inaugurates a new space designed by Manuel Aires Mateus. His works are characterised by the play of volumes, the management of light and the use of white as a flag, although this time he has opted for an experimental use of colour.

 
A total of 110 square metres imbued with enveloping sensations designed by and for well-being. This is the new spa at the luxury hotel Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, designed by Manuel Aires Mateus in Alentejo, Portugal, and conceived to offer a unique wellness space: it features an emotional shower, three treatment rooms and a sauna, with open windows overlooking the Alentejo landscape.
 

It is a new addition to the already completed new Malhandinha villas inspired by nature and in whose interiors MATTEOBRIONI’s natural clay finishes have been applied. The new spa marks a new turning point in this more than 20-year old family project, which in recent years has made an unparalleled journey in sustainable luxury hotels.

 
In this new space, Aires Mateus invites guests to immerse themselves in biophilic design and natural, handcrafted materials, to connect with nature through its colours, materials and forms.
 
Malhadinha is located in a unique natural environment. In addition to being an ecological reserve and an agricultural reserve, organic, self-sufficient and regenerative agricultural practices have been developed on the 450 hectares of land. These practices promote the development of the biodiversity that makes this reserve so rich in species, while educating guests on the importance of Nature and its conservation. Celebrating the wine-growing landscape in which it is set was the aim of the designer Aires Mateus, and for this reason the colour green, in all its forms, is the absolute protagonist.
 
In keeping with this compositional approach, TerraTon Wall finishing plaster made from natural pozzolan clay, cement and fine-grained mineral binders by MATTEOBRIONI in a bespoke colour tone tending precisely towards green was applied to the exterior façades.
 

“This material applied to the exterior is directly related to the surrounding soil and the idea of ageing well,”

 
says the Portuguese architect.
 
Photography: João Guimarães, courtesy of Rita Soares

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