3000 House by Rebelo Andrade
The Herdade da Considerada is an extension of arid land, with 500 hectares, about seven kilometers from Alcácer do Sal, where cork oaks and meandering pines dominate. The resulting landscape is uniform in all directions and, as Archer Luís Rebelo de Andrade discovered in a preliminary visit, it is easier to lose the car in the Herdade da Considerada than in the parking lot of a hypermarket.
In the absence of the geodesic landmarks, in the Herdade da Considerada, it is the architecture that makes up the points of reference that from primitive ages guided the men, complemented the landscape with a building of comprehensive visibility. The house itself and the agricultural warehouse were designed to minimize the time and cost of construction and to give priority to energy sustainability.
Solar panels and thermo-collectors allow the house to produce more energy than the one it consumes, the house being a waste of energy.
With two waters, doors and windows, the exterior design of the house looks as childlike as those children begin to make even before elementary school. This apparent simplicity is, in fact, based on a collective and romantic imaginary that we all share: that of the house on the prairie, the life of the pioneers and conquerors of the American West, so often portrayed in the westerns, and which persist in our constitutive memory, despite of the time and of the intentional awareness that we may have of them.