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Villa GK

Located within the Algarve’s (South Portugal) picturesque landscape, on a hill between thyme and rosemary, is Vila GK, a low-energy holiday home.

The brief began as a single-storey house blending gently into a steep hillside with easy access to the garden. The clients’ request for maximum privacy while ensuring high visibility and a sea-facing living space guided the rest.

Wedge-shaped roof overhangs, perforated curtain walls and wide stairs into the garden were the answer. A concrete skeleton covered in clay blocks makes up the outer walls, their thermal performance twice that of traditional bricks.
These are produced in Portugal, as is cork, which was used for the façade insulation.

Natural cross ventilation was ensured through the careful positioning of façade windows, which work with clay plaster interiors to provide a naturally temperature and humidity-regulated living environment.
The implementation of geothermal energy and solar thermal systems help the house achieve low energy standards.
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ARCHITECTS Core-Architects
LOCATION Algarve, Portugal
YEAR 2018
LEAD ARCHITECTS Anabela Macieira