Casa Cambeses was developed by architects Rui Grazina and is located on a 3300 square meter inclined surface in Cambyses, Barcelos, Portugal. The residence stands out due to an original concrete exterior and a few interesting landscape architecture details. Given the steep terrain condition, the 300 square-meter dwelling has two levels oriented to the east and one to the west. This side is buried and generates an underground floor. The residence is divided in two functional areas: the living and dining spaces are accommodated by the left side of the building, while the bedrooms are located on the right. The interior design is minimalist, achieved in a contemporary fashion. Floor to ceiling windows ensure a good indoor outdoor connection. Have a look and tell us what details you appreciate when it comes to the design of this project. [Photography by Nelson Garrido]
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.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.