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Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

From Atelier Data, this inventive hilltop home is situated in Portugal.

Complete with curious entryways, pool, suspended fireplace, wine cellar and a cohesive attentiveness to natural elements, the Spiral House, also referred to as the Varatojo House, is an exciting and unusually composed build.

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With consideration of the topography and weather systems in balance with sustainable design, the developers blended lifestyle in unison with ecological responsibilities and regard for the land.

The designers took advantage of its plot layout and considered ways that the sun and wind exposure would affect the home. The positioning of the frame takes advantage of the northern winds and the sunlight mostly coming in from the northern and southern outlets.

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

At first glance it looks like the home is somewhat barricaded to the outside, but an upper level terrace and a green and kempt courtyard connects the indoors to the outdoor areas.

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The distinctive façade almost gives the home a fort like appearance, but the positioning actually lends to the views while shielding the inside and patio areas from the wind.

The tree lined terrace is certainly a pivotal part of the design, making quite an impression.

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Native foliage and grasses were planted in the garden. Vegetation was chosen that works best with the soil and climate, creating a naturally balanced system.

A combination of conventional building supplies like timber and plaster were used, but like the presentation of the home, it also has some unique components.

The construction materials are out of the ordinary, utilizing retired railway sleepers. The reused railway portions are definitely heavy duty, and their timeworn distress marks were left, adding to the character. Inside, cork walling for sound absorption and salvaged woods are used throughout.

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The staircase, though of simple origin, looks elegant climbing the walls.

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Architects that not only understand structural elements, but who can also combine them with smart material use and a knowledge of environmental and organic issues can truly create a home that grows with a client and lives up to its fullest potential.

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

Images are via Atelier Data and are © by photographer Richard John Seymour.

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