Jardim do Mar is a small farming and fishing village on the foot of steep, 400 m high cliffs on the Southwest coast of Madeira Island. The project is situated on a Northwest facing slope, with a stunning view along the coast and to the neighboring village. The farming landscape in this area and generally on Madeira Island consists of terraces, supported by basalt stone walls made of loose rocks of various, sometimes very impressive sizes. The plot for this project is small and L-shaped and includes 2 terraces with a difference in height of about 3m. The access is difficult, material had to be carried up 50m by hand and no bigger machines could be brought on site. For those reasons, maintaining the existing wall and the character of the rural landscape and trying to create as little impact and earth movement as possible was not only a formal choice but also an economic necessity.
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