Casa Vale Do Lobo borrows the name from its proximity to the Vale do Lobo luxury beach and golf resort in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal. Focusing attention both on the white architecture pierced by glass walls and on the extraordinary swimming pool, architect Vasco Vieira of Arqui+Arquitecturacomposed a light-flooded modern architectural masterpiece. Extending the house in a U-shaped floor plan, this fascinating water feature cantilevers and flows into the pool below. From the wooden deck connecting the pool and the house, owners and guests can enjoy the surroundings, while the interiors were designed on several levels, challenging everyone to experience different vantage points from which to observe the natural surroundings and the man-made pool structure. Found on TrendsNow, Casa Vale Do Lobo displays inventive, unique features adapted to the specific site conditions and client brief, resulting in a breathtaking composition.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests