"Temple of the Waters" in Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela
Turismo da Serra da Estrela - Turistrela, S.A.
Francisco Aires Mateus Arquitectos, Lda
2500,00 m 2
The “Templo das Águas” building (in English stands for Water Temple), is a SPA with a total surface area of 1,830 m2, which will be located on the north of the Hotel Serra da Estrela, communicating with it through a tunnel linking the north side of the hotel to the reception area of the SPA and consecutively to the other spaces of the new complex.
The aim is to create different environments in the approach to the main spaces.
In the central core, the building articulates a range of thematic spaces (such as hot and cold baths, the "laconium", saunas and Turkish baths, etc.), around the space of the indoor swimming pool.
The structure designed for the building consists in an assembly of walls, wall-beams and reinforced concrete slabs (shell structure), with structural and aesthetic functions simultaneously, once all the surfaces are in apparent Concrete. The span of the slabs goes from 8.00m and 10.00m in current cases, however there are two bodies balanced with a span of about 7.50m, supported by wall-beams. The structure is located at altitudes ranging between 1482.00 to 1493.00m, being located in an aggressive environment in various ways (with great variations in temperature range, freeze / thaw, snow, wind, etc.).