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Location: Alentejo, Portugal
Architect: Inês Brandão Arquitectura
Footprint: 4,240 sq. ft
From the Architect: “Casa no Crato was made for a couple that enjoys character and silence and was wanting for a retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is located at the higher section of Alentejo area, in Portugal, on a assets of about 70 hectares, in which oaks, holm oaks, cork oaks, and prevalent brooms populate the many hills and produce an idyllic landscape. A smaller flowing watercourse crosses the full terrain, providing increase to a lagoon that serves as a refreshment point for grazing animals.
“The residence was built on the prime of a hill, with a privileged perspective of the lagoon and the surrounding hills. Its cross form arises from the adaptation of the design to the setting. By molding the design all-around the trees, we were in a position to situate every of the 4 arms within just the landscape, developing the illusion of a scaled-down-scale development.
“The entrance to the home, situated at a reduced degree, generates a route that winds by the land, allowing those people who get there right here to take in the ecosystem of the location. From this route, we get there at the entrance hall, which is the intersection stage of the two axes that outline the spatial corporation of the home, and from which the remaining spaces are accessed.
“Given that we look at that the property and the landscape merge into a solitary ingredient, it was important to feel about the landscape design in a coherent way, deciding on crops adapted to the local weather. To this conclude, in the outside place following to the kitchen area porch, there are a number of species of fragrant plants, such as thyme, lemongrass and rosemary.
“Every home has an impartial relationship with the landscape, taking pleasure in a a lot more managed see, offered the topography that welcomes them. Lavender and other compact species kind the border future to the porches of the rooms, reinforcing the tranquility inherent to these spaces. Hooked up to this quantity we uncover a fountain, which reinforces the presence of the h2o aspect next to the home, also serving as a water resource for animals that method.
“All together the home, porches perform as transition spaces in between the interior and the exterior, letting the working experience of the inhabitable areas to meet the Alentejo landscape. These areas can be concealed with perforated Cor-Ten metal shutters, which passively command the temperature within the home, as they allow the continuous ventilation of these areas.”