Casa na Gateira

Casa na Gateira by Camarim Arquitectos




Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

Gateira is a hamlet placed on a beautiful hill planted with vineyards, pines and olive trees with splendid views over the southern tip of Serra da Estrela, the highest point in mainland Portugal.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

The clients – a British couple – wanted a second home to give them space, open air and silence, in contrast to their life in London.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

The first question: how to design on such a dramatic landscape, with an unusual balance between nature, agriculture and traditional architecture?

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

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 2 levels.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

From this space, the house’s volume breaks and extends along the topography in a subtle yet effective separation between social and intimate i.e. every space sits on a different level and has direct access to the outside.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

We may say that instead of a house in the landscape we thought of a house from the landscape, as though building a walk in the countryside.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

Beyond the romantic notion of a well-grounded house, extensive contact with the ground gives enormous energy benefits: we use the earth’s endless thermal mass to balance air thermal amplitudes throughout the day and seasons.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

The patio between the living room and the master bedroom is also a passive thermal device: it creates a thermal differential between the swimming pool and the patio.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido

This generates an ascending air flow across the house for cooling in spring and summer, and it allows intensive insulation of the most innermost point in the house in autumn and winter. Source by Camarim Arquitectos.

Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
  • Location: Gateira, Penela, Portugal
  • Architects: Camarim Arquitectos
  • Architect-In-Charge: Vasco Correia and Patrícia Sousa
  • Collaborators: Tiago Garrido, Jonas Grinevicius and Christoph Schwander
  • Area: Site 2143 m2
  • Built: 403 m2
  • Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido, Courtesy of Camarim Arquitectos
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
Casa na Gateira
Photo © Nelson Garrido
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