Sustainability

CORE has 22 years experience in the design and development of environmentally, socially and financially sustainable buildings across Europe. From inception to realisation, our process exemplifies a high level of ecologically sustainable design in which ideas are tested, refined and followed through to completion.

CORE expertise in EU Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and Passive House architecture, ensures that our buildings provide design solutions with the highest energy-efficiency at the most affordable rates. Passive design principles follow precise bioclimatic analysis for each individual location, enhanced by cooling water features and living walls. For our ecological homes, we rely on natural materials, such as timber wood construction with green roofs, thermal brick walls, clay plaster and natural stone, enclosed by natural drinking water pools and ponds. 

Spatial Design and Interior

We go beyond bricks and mortars to provide solutions in spatial design, combining, interior design, architecture, and urban design. Our expertise in interior architecture provide us with an appreciation of the power of object arrangement in space in affecting health and wellbeing.

Project Management and Engineering Services

As a local architecture firm based in the Algarve, we are well connected with the hundreds of regulations and entities that are often consulted for construction approvals. Our team of in-house engineers and project managers can also support construction, offering end-to-end solutions.

our services
  • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
  • CERTIFIED PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
  • HOLISTIC FENG SHUI CONSULTANCIES
  • BESPOKE UNIQUE BOUTIQUE HOTELS
  • DESIGN STUDIES
  • URBAN PLANNING
  • EVALUATION & FEASIBILITY STUDIES
  • LISTED BUILDINGS
  • RENOVATIONS & RECONSTRUCTIONS
  • TENDER MANAGEMENT
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION
  • CONSULTANT SELECTION & INTEGRATION
  • INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
  • TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS
  • ENGINEERING
  • LANDSCAPE DESIGN
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES
  • “I was searching in Portugal for an architect who was specialised on Feng Shui and sustainable homes. Incredibly I found Anabela just in our neighbourhood. Through her professionalism and commitment I am now able to live in the most genial house in the Algarve.”

    Marlen Schmid

  • “When our house was constructed in 2012, we had the pleasure to enjoy Anabela’s great ability to link the challenges of modern architecture with the realities of the Portuguese construction sector. Insisting and competent in every technical detail she managed to create also a respectful and intercultural  sensitive working atmosphere at the building place. We are very grateful for this experience.”

    Dirk Jung

  • “We own a traditionally designed villa in Vale Do Lobo which we currently use as a holiday home but that we will live in more permanently when we retire. We wanted to modernise the villa with a more contemporary look but without losing the essence of the original design. We knew what we didn’t want – square box architecture – but we didn’t really know what we did want! This is where Anabela and CORE came in.”

    Lewis Affleck

  • “Anabela developed our private home and all our shops. We felt very well taken care of. She has a huge understanding and great ideas wich she puts perfectly into praxis. also for future projects we look forward working with Anabela.”

    Hans Werener Scherer

  • “Suvilas is the first Indian company to follow 100% European Standard from start to finish. At Suvilas we believe in quality and professionalism. Anabela assisted us with the design of the interior for our signature project model home. I really appreciated her transparency, professionalism and work ethic throughout the process. Interacting with her and conveying our requirements was very convenient and we really appreciate her commitment and interest shown.”

    Suvilas

  • “In 2013 I bought an old summerhouse in Carvoeiro.ZEN Arquitectura to remodelled this old house and managed to make it our dreamhouse in the Algarve.”

    Dr. Matthias Waltert