REBELO DE ANDRADE

HOUSE 3000

Rebelo-de-Andrade House 3000

source:rebelodeandradecom
A Herdade da Considerada é uma extensão de terreno árido, com 500 hectares, a cerca de sete quilómetros de Alcácer do Sal, onde imperam sobreiros e pinheiros mansos. A paisagem resultante é uniforme em todas as direções e, como descobriu o Arq. Luís Rebelo de Andrade numa visita preliminar, é mais fácil perder o carro na Herdade da Considerada do que no parque de estacionamento de um hipermercado.

Dessa experiência germinou uma ideia fulcral que presidiu a todo o projecto: na ausência dos marcos geodésicos, na Herdade da Considerada, é a arquitectura a fazer as vezes dos pontos de referência que desde eras primordiais guiaram os homens, complementado a paisagem com um edifício de abrangente visibilidade. A casa propriamente dita e o armazém agrícola foram concebidos para minimizar o tempo e o custo de construção e para privilegiar a sustentabilidade energética.

Os painéis solares e termo-colectores permitem que a casa produza mais energia do que a que consome, sendo a casa avessa a desperdícios de energia.

Com duas águas, portas e janelas, o desenho exterior da casa parece tão infantil como aqueles que as crianças começam a fazer ainda antes da escola primária. Esta aparente simplicidade assenta, na verdade, num imaginário colectivo e romântico que todos partilhamos: o da casa na pradaria, o da vida dos pioneiros e dos conquistadores do oeste americano, tantas vezes retratado nos westerns e que perduram na nossa memória constitutiva, a despeito do tempo e da consciência intencional que possamos ter deles.
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source:designboomcom
this bright red house has been designed to stand out amid the vast, uniform landscape of southern portugal. completed by lisbon-based firm rebelo de andrade, ‘house 3000’ is located on a 500 hectare plot populated with scores of cork trees — a constant terrain that, as architect luís rebelo de andrade found when first visiting the site, is particularly difficult to navigate.

the area’s lack of reference points directly informed rebelo de andrade’s design of the house, which stands as a vibrant beacon among the trees. the ‘overwhelmingly visible’ structure is defined by its bold gable roof, while the windows and doors appear as geometric cutouts of the façade. while these elements may seem like a childlike representation of a house, the dwelling’s simplicity is also based on shared romantic imagery regarding rural domestic living.

the residence, as well as the adjacent farm building, was designed to be built quickly and cost effectively. the project also prioritizes environmentally sustainable practices with solar panels and thermal collectors that produce more energy than the house consumes. rebelo de andrade has previously designed an eco-resort that comprises seven small units and a set of dwellings that can be accessed via an elevated bridge.
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source:themanualcom
With the world of contemporary architecture getting grander and more outlandish (think crazy designs a la Zaha Hadid), one Portuguese studio is standing out for going simple. Architectural firm Rebelo de Andrade went as simple as possible with its Casa 3000 project. But just because it’s simple on the outside, doesn’t mean Casa 3000 should be overlooked. It’s a bright red, stylish beacon among 500 hectares of cork oak and umbrella pine trees.

Located close to the Sado River near the “freguesia” (or “civil parish”) of Comporta, Portugal, a popular beach vacation destination for the rich and famous, Casa 3000 sits in the middle of the Herdade da Considerada, which translates to “The Considered Homestead.”

As architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade quickly found out, the endless rows of cork and pine trees make it easy to become disoriented when exploring the forest. So he designed Casa 3000 to be a geodesic landmark among the trees.

Casa 3000 may look like a life-sized Monopoly game house, but each detail was carefully considered to make this retreat high-style, functional, sustainable, and a visual marker among a sea of green. The child-like exterior was an intentional answer to the vastness of the surrounding forest.

Simplicity was one of the key concepts for Rebelo de Andrade when designing the home. Because of the remote location, it was difficult to ship construction supplies to the site, and impossible to outfit the home with city utilities. It required an easy-to-assemble structure that could be as sustainable as possible.

Working with the civil engineering department of the University of Aveiro, Rebelo de Andrade created Casa 3000 to be zero-energy. Next to the house is a barn with a sharply sloped roof that contains photovoltaic panels and solar water heaters. The home is situated on the site to take full advantage of natural daylight, allowing for less energy use during the day. Made of prefabricated panels that were shipped to the site, the structure was built using cross-laminated timber – a more sustainable solution than standard timber.

Inside, the home is bright and airy with a central wood-clad staircase determining the flow between spaces. A linear kitchen of bright white cabinetry and a double-height ceiling looks out to the trees thanks to its bank of windows. Off of the kitchen, at one end of the home, is the dining area. At the other end is a spacious living area that can be closed off thanks to a sliding wooden wall. The family can look out to the land thanks to a wall of windows that connects to an exterior patio.

All of the finishes and furnishings throughout the home were kept in line with the theme of simplicity. Flooring is light wood and walls are white, creating a relaxed and cozy feel. It’s a soothing color palette and sharp contrast to the bright exterior.

Outside, Casa 3000 is clad in bright red corrugated steel. It’s this red color that gives the house its name: the color’s official designation is RAL 3000, or Flame Red. The home is dotted with windows that feature folding shutters, allowing the home to be fully closed up when the owners are away.

Phase two of the project includes a detailed landscaping plan that will add vibrantly colored flowers, a hybrid vegetable garden, and a nursery – all intended to further the home’s self-sufficiency.

It may seem that a bright red house doesn’t fit with a design theme centered around simplicity, but looking closer, Casa 3000 shows that simple doesn’t mean boring.