Business Model Canvas for Monte Novo

Following the concept of open-innovation we post our business-model instead of hiding it as a secret.

Please feel free to co-create and give us your feedback.

We think of Monte Novo as a self-sufficient project in terms of both energy and financing. There is no master plan to generate unbalanced growth and wealth!

Business Model Canvas for the Monte Novo project

Business Model Canvas for the Monte Novo project

Minutes of our first online-meeting with Kjersti our much-valued architect from Norway


First sketch on the Monte Novo property. Implying a calm and peaceful garden in front of the farmhouse where simplicity and originality dominates the appearance whereas the back of the farmhouse opens up to the fuzzy and more chaotic theme, based on innovative building techniques and active leisure spots.


The front view of the farmhouse should remain mostly unchanged and the extension (approx. 80sqm) to the left should be set back from the frontline of the original building.


Movement of the sun and the idea of heaving cosy outdoor spaces for the three enteties. This north-west outdoor room more easily provides shade in summer while still giving light and sunset views. In winter people would sit at the unspoiled front of the house directly exposed to the sun.


The inner walls and the room layout should remain as far as possible unchanged (which also reduces building costs). The more chaotic back of the house gives room to modern extensions covering private bathrooms.

In the region: Eco-efficiency assessment in the Monte Novo Irrigation Scheme

Another interesting “monte novo project” I have just come across. Portugal needs to store rainwater, however, the irrigation is used mainly for monoculture which creates deserts in the long run.

The Case Study aims at assessing the overall performance of a relatively recent hydro-agricultural system and concerns the Monte Novo Irrigation Scheme in Southern Portugal. The Scheme is associated with one of the largest water-related investments ever made in Portugal, the Alqueva system, which deeply changed the agricultural paradigm in that area. Where rainfed crops previously dominated, extensive water supply systems have been developed, allowing the development of large irrigated areas.

Read more …

@L.: that is the sign “monte novo” on the way to √Čvora.

For me Monte Novo is…

an innovative project about balancing.

commercial tourism business vs. a place for friends to meet
back to nature vs. standard of modern life
alternative life style vs. marketable business concept
naturism vs. clothing optional
self-sufficient energy supply vs. energy demand for modern technologies
Portuguese culture vs. global influences

For me the core concepts and key-words are:

  • glamping
  • solar energy and energy saving mindset
  • simple but high standard eco buildings
  • being naked in a nature spa environment
  • permaculture / aquaculture
  • holiday office / consulting
  • a project that pays-off for a modest family-life



we just started

to collect our ideas about the Monte Novo Project. This blog is meant to help us forming our visions into a tangible project. Please feel free to participate!