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In 2014 Camarim Arquitectos have designed Casa na Galeria, a private residence located in Gateira, Portugal.The main concept of the house was developed based on the natural landscape: terraced hills, vineyards, olive trees and the impressive presence of the southern tip of Serra da Estrela.
The house has been featured with natural heating and cooling systems for a reduced energy consumption, balancing the vast glazed walls inserted into the concept. The main living areas feature large windows created to open up towards the infinity pool, inviting the natural in and connecting spaces visually and physically as well.
“Our strategy was to interfere as little as possible: one enters the house in the upper part of the plot, through a wall that evokes the region’s traditional slate buildings, and descends onto the house’s core — a social space split in two levels,” the architects said. “From this space, the house’s volume breaks and extends along the topography in a subtle yet effective separation between social and intimate.”
Slight height changes have been inserted into the home for separating functions.
Towards the street and the access the facade has received a dense treatment contrasting with the glazed walls surfaces oriented on the opposite side.
The home’s conception plays with volumes and mimics the natural landscape, becoming a part of the natural.
We have found this simple insertion beyond beautiful in its location ad adaptation with the surrounding environment. What do you think? Feel free to share ideas in the comment section below.
Photography by Nelson Garrido