Community Culture Retreat, Castro Marim, Portugal
Community Culture Retreat is a 100-acre organic farm that grows figs, olives, apricots, oranges, pine, cork, and carob with an emphasis on green garden production. Formerly the ruins of an agricultural settlement, the farm’s urban core was restored by Arch. Pedro Ressano Garcia to reflect the Community Culture concept. Designed around two courtyards from the previous construction, the site integrates agricultural scenery and pathways, updated with a focus on hospitality and gastronomy.
The architecture, both exterior and interior, invites contemplation and uses repurposed spaces and pre-existing materials to reflect new ways of inhabiting the contemporary world. The result is a formal and conceptual nod to the aesthetics and ethics of the ‘arte povera’ movement.
Community Culture Retreat has 7 rooms and an ancient olive press transformed into a library and hall for seminars, concerts and workshops. With no television, the house provides a reprieve from the outside world, but still offers an internet connection and technology for image projection and sound.
Relax by the outdoor pool, participate in one of several annual harvests, or hike a vast network of nearby trails. There are also workshops offered on topics ranging from Wild Food to Bird Watching. Perfect for singles, couples, or small groups.