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Surf Clube de Viana’s headquarters, the High Performance Center (HPC), is a state-of-the-art green building. The pine trees were preserved during the construction including the inner area of the building, which also provides guests with ample natural light and a connection to nature through large double-pane windows. Beyond the building’s passive solar design features, most notably, the whole HPC is coated with cork. Portugal is the biggest producer of cork in the world and has the biggest cork tree forest, thus it is a significant, traditional raw material. The cork also produces a positive impact on the landscape, avoiding degeneration of the beautiful natural surroundings. Inside, you’ll notice many of the decor items are made by local craftsmen or sourced from driftwood and reused event posters from the Clube’s many events.