- Sustainable Architecture
- House on a warehouse, project by Marcelino.
The 1980s warehouse was built with a flat slab roof and overhanging balcony already with a view to adding an extension on the roof. So Portuguese architect Miguel Marcelino was given a good foundation for his project.
A new house now sits on the rooftop of the rectangular building. The material – local brick painted white – references the native architecture on the one hand, and picks up the colour of the warehouse on the other.
The bedrooms face east, the kitchen west and the living zone south, where a diagonal corner and overhanging roof provide perfect shade from the hot summer sun. This design solution, together with natural ventilation throughout, is to the advantage of the home’s Class A energy performance.
The result is an extension that reaches out to the nature around it. Indeed, the fact that the warehouse provides the foundation means it is unnecessary to impact the land, keeping down the home’s carbon footprint.
Project: Miguel Marcelino http://www.marcelino.pt
Location: Chícharo, Torres Novas, Portugal
Photography: João Morgado