The house is situated on a plot in Galamares, Sintra region. Its urban surroundings several houses and a breathtaking view of the northern slope of the Sierra where one sees the Palace of Monserrate and the forest that surrounds it.
With a size of 2435m2, oriented to the south, has as main feature the steep slope with differences of around nine meters. The vegetation is locally sourced and has several pine that enrich their nature.
The idea concept
The basic concept is to build a "house / cottage" surrounded by the Serra de Sintra. The house, in an area of steep slope, is perfectly integrated in the surrounding area without resorting to excessive volumetric both inside and outside the house.
The exterior design of the roofs that extend the garden to anyone who enters the property and the choices of materials were critical to the solution it proposes to build in this area. The purpose and value of dwelling landscape and make this house a serene place to live.
The landscaping, the roofs that extend the garden and the materials are key factors in this project. It is intended to build a house that values the day-to-day and enjoy the surroundings.
This is a single family dwelling divided by three levels. The arrival where you enter the car, consisting of a parking lot, a ramp and a staircase that connect to the first level of the house. In this space, which is divided into two volumes connected by a single roof slab, lies the porch Car / drying area and housing.
The house is organized in two levels, the first of more social character, the rooms are located, spacious and configured to extend between them, the foyer, the kitchen, the toilet and the master suite extending to by an exterior balcony.
Downstairs are located two bedrooms with a bathroom and closet, pantry, technical areas and a large porch devoted to socializing with direct connection to the garden.
Outside builds up a pool of freeboard, a garden area and a bench / staircase linking the two levels of the house in order to enjoy the views of the Sierra and the most favorable solar orientation, South This area becomes an area very pleasant to stay and connects directly to the living room on the upper floor, the dining area and parking lot.
With a reinforced concrete structural base, the house is built in three planes.
The lower half-buried where the walls are made of concrete on wooden planks to get to your relief a more natural texture of the forms while giving it a more robust character.
At the level of the constitution of the upper floor walls have a more rustic character that allows you to force the idea of 'house / hut'. Are made of brickwork by the inner air-box and the exterior coating is in its wooden beams with a considerable thickness, which allows having thermal and acoustic gains.
Coverage that spans the boundary walls of the house with mud flaps, allows one to circulate around you protected from rain but mainly controls the brightness. With adequate insulation and waterproofing itself, all of it is landscaped, achieving very favorable thermal gains at different times of the year and a further integration in their natural surroundings and enriching.
With regard to energy, the solution will be sustainable and adequate maintenance to the region and its users, devices using the latest technology with the goal of optimized management of their resources.
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