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U House / Jorge Graca Costa

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© FG + SG

Architects: Jorge Graca Costa Location: Ericeira, Portugal Project Area: 300.0 sqm Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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The house design emerges from the inevitability of protection of prevailing winds. The north wind dominant in the summer and the stormy south wind dominant in the winter carrying the rain from the sea. Therefore the central idea was a design based in the reinterpretation of ancient’s Mediterranean patio houses, creating a patio sitting on a plateau embraced by two long arms interconnected by a third body, never ignoring the fabulous views to the west even in interior spaces. Abundant glazing brings in natural light while a high performance envelope controls temperatures. Eco-friendly Interior finishes and art work made from recycled materials take place in prominent places in the house.

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The numerous sustainable features includes: cork has a primary isolation material, passive design (natural heating and cooling), floor and water heating by solar panels supported by biomass heating, microclimate environment created by the patio and the pool (pool water without chemical treatment) and rainwater harvesting (collected in a preexisting well) for irrigation proposes.

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The house’s success in harmonizing design, functionality and sustainability is augmented by its livability, extreme comfort and considerable savings in consumption of water and energy. Its humble size and careful design are a testament to the success balance of architecture with a prescriptive performance design.

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Cite:Fabian Cifuentes. "U House / Jorge Graca Costa" 26 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/265463/u-house-jorge-graca-costa/>