Monte da Caliça

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
Monte Alentejano is a vernacular housing type from Alentejo.These houses have a simple saddle pitch roof an imposing chimney and sit as a long volume on the top of hill. Influenced by a desire to build an ecohouse as well as the constraints of working within a remote location it was designed to be selfsufficient generate its own electricity harvest the water the land had to offer and dispose of its own waste.The project consists of 2 volumes connected by pergola in a westfacing L shape around the pool.The house comprises a generous open-plan kitchen/dining/living and 3 bedrooms.The annex includes 2 bedrooms.Due to forest fire laws and the terrain the house ended up cantilevering off the hill which created a perception of a floating house.The house's temperature is regulated by the energy efficient building fabric paired with passive solar shading from roof overhangs to prevent overheating combined with active solarpanel system of underfloor heating and radiant cooling ceiling panels.

Grândola, Portugal

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Applicant and authors of the project
Young and dynamic architecture practice set up by Camille Bonneau and Pedro Clarke which is based between Lisbon and London.
Combined, we have over 15 years experience working with both public and private sector clients on projects that range from residential, refurbishment, hotels, cultural and community, infrastructure led-projects, education, to public realm and commercial developments.

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Photo Credits: Francisco Nogueira