| 17 : 00 – 09 December 2018 |
A striking red colored remote dwelling designed by RA architecture & design studio occupies an arid plot in Portugal’s Herdade da Considerada.
The location of the house and farm building is characterized by lush landscape dotted by cork, oak and pine trees. Dubbed as ‘House 3000’ or ‘The Red House’, Architect Luis Rebelo de Andrade choose its architecture to stand out amongst its surrounding.
Aerial view of House 3000 amidst lush greenery. Photo – © Tiago Rebelo de Andrade
Due to the escapist location, the house now acts as a reference point owing to its bright red facade. Simple, functional, rectangular and sustainable buildings don gable roofs similar to a child house drawing. As a result, the structure poses an agreeable contrast to its lush green surroundings.
Floor plans, Elevation – House 3000
Location plan – House 3000 & farm building
From the Architects –
Text by – Valério Romão
Herdade da Considerada is a tract of arid land with 500 hectares. It’s about seven kilometres from Alcacer do Sal, dotted with cork, oaks and umbrella pines. The resulting landscape is uniform in every direction and. Architect Luis Rebelo de Andrade found on a preliminary visit, it is easier to lose your car at Herdade da Considerada than in a supermarket carpark.
Arid land in Herdade da Considerada, Road dotted by trees. Photo – © JG Photography
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.
Residence and the farm building. Photo – © JG Photography
The house itself and the farm building were designed to minimize 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.
Gable roof and window – all in red ! Photo – © JG Photography
Simple, rectangular form. Photo – © JG Photography
Living room space. Photos – © Carlos Cezanne
Kitchen and dining area. Photos – © Carlos Cezanne
Simplicity of House 3000 –
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. It’s 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.
Simple, minimalist interiors of bedroom and bathroom. Photos – © Carlos Cezanne
Intersecting volume and geometry. Photo – JG Photography
Project details –
Project Name – House 3000
Location – Alcácer do Sal, Portugal
Architect Firm – RA//Rebelo de Andrade architecture & design studio | www.rebelodeandre.com
Design team – Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Joana Varajão, Filipe Ferreira
Client – Herdade da Considerada
Completion Year – 2015 – 2018
Construction Area – 400 sq. m.
On site construction – João Júlio Loureiro
Structural design – Tisem
Passive house project – Universidade de Aveiro – Decivil