House 3000

House 3000

Herdade da Considerada is a tract of arid land with 500 hectares, about seven kilometres from Alcácer do Sal, dotted with cork oaks and umbrella pines. The resulting landscape is uniform in every direction and, as the architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade found on a preliminary visit, it is easier to lose your car at Herdade da Considerada than in a supermarket carpark.

This experience led to a key idea that informed the entire project: in the absence of geodesic markers – which nature did not offer Herdade da Considerada – it is architecture that takes the place of the reference points that from time immemorial has guided man, complementing the landscape with a building that is overwhelmingly visible. The house itself and the farm building were designed to minimise building times and costs and to privilege energy sustainability. The solar panels and thermal collectors produce more energy than the house consumes, for this house is averse to energy wastage.

With its gable roof, doors and windows, the exterior design of the house seems as childlike as the drawings children produce even before primary school. This apparent simplicity is actually based on the collective and romantic  imagery we all share: the house on the prairie, the life of the pioneers and settlers of the American Far West, so often depicted in westerns and which live on in our constitutive memory, in spite of the time and of the intentional awareness we might have about them.

Year

2015 - 2018

Location

Alcácer do Sal, Portugal

Area

400 m2

Client

Herdade da Considerada

Architecture

LuÍs Rebelo de Andrade, Joana Varajão, Filipe Ferreira

Structural Project

Tisem

Passive House Project

Universidade de Aveiro - decivil

Photovoltaic Project

Wayse

On-Site Coordination

João Júlio Loureiro

Photography

João Guimarães - JG Photography

Text

Valério Romão