This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a ‘Overwhelmingly Visible’ Structure

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure

Project: Minimalist Red House
Architects: Rebelo de Andrade Architecture & Design
Location: Alcácer do Sal, Portugal
Area: 400 m2
Team: 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

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 car-park.

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 1

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. This minimalist red house,  as well as the adjacent 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.

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 2

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.

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 3

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 4

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 5

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 6

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 7

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 8

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 9

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 10

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 11

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 12

This Minimalist Red House Complements the Landscape as a'Overwhelmingly Visible' Structure 13

Most Recent

Most Popular

Highland East House

Highland East House by COLAB Architecture + Urban Design

The Highland East House is a 4,300 square foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom residence located in Portland’s SW Hills. The design harkens back to a Pacific Northwest style of mid-century modern houses constructed in Portland in the nineteen sixties.
Modern Living Space 13

Modern Living Space by Sue Murphy Interior Design

This project is a modern living space designed by Sue Murphy Interior Design based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. A bold, contemporary kitchen-dinning space with a...
Minimalist Single Storey Terrace House by Fabian Tan Architect 5

Minimalist Single Storey Terrace House / Fabian Tan Architect

The house is a typical single storey terrace house on a plot of 23' x 75' land. The original house layout is typically closed and the brief was to create an open plan on one side and private rooms on the other side of the dividing center wall.
Fish Creek House - a Small, Off-the-Grid Holiday Home by ArchiBlox

Fish Creek House, a Small Off-the-Grid Holiday Home by ArchiBlox

The Fish Creek House was designed to maximize sustainability & liveability. Careful positioning takes full advantage of natural cooling, heating, and lighting.

Modern Australian Farm House with Passive Solar Design

This modern Australian farm house was designed by Archterra Architects in Margaret River, Western Australia. Description by Archterra: This house sits along a ridge between...

More Articles Like This

HomeWorldDesign