Hillside Residence Balances Indoor and Outside Spaces

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Situated in Gateira, Portugal, Casa na Galeria is a privately owned residence completed by Camarim Arquitectos in 2014. Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, this hillside property is embedded into the rolling terrain of the Portuguese countryside. Named ‘casa na gateira’, the home has been created for a British couple who desired a second home that offered a respite from their hectic lifestyle in London.

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This Hillside House has been made for a couple who desired a retreat away from their hectic city lifestyle

In accordance to the architects: “The clients desired their 2nd property in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela mountain selection to be spacious, peaceful, quiet, and open to the outdoors, with views of the dramatic landscape as properly as the close by vineyards, pines, and olive trees. The main challenge was to obtain a stability amongst nature, agriculture and classic architecture. Every single functional spot is found on a diverse level and offers an optimum indoor-outside stability.

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The patio among the residing space and the master bedroom is also a passive thermal device: it generates a thermal differential among the swimming pool and the patio, which generates an ascending air movement across the property for cooling in spring and summer time, and it enables intensive insulation of the most innermost level in the house in autumn and winter.

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“Our technique was to interfere as small as attainable: one particular enters the property in the upper component of the plot, via a wall that evokes the region’s classic slate buildings, and descends onto the house’s core — a social space split in two amounts.” Consequently, the residence adopts a low-profile, with 3 connected volumes built into the terrain. the home is accessed at the plot’s upper level, via a wall that evokes the region’s classic slate buildings and descends in direction of the house’s core. [Photography by Nelson Garrido]

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