Arquitectos Anónimos® | Cork House
An unusual and inverted process. The client convinced us to accept the responsibility to build with such a low cost. The shaped carcass, stoutly wrapped with cork bricks, deals a few radical ruptures, claiming a friendly distance to the neighborhood. The orientation, supported in the customer´s thrifty, obtains the biggest possible privacy, data to be depleted the construction possibility in the South confrontations. A spine that crosses longitudinally the 7x21m rectangle fractures it in a basic agreement of the solar necessity: light North for less noble areas (bathrooms and cooks) and South light for the most inhabited.
Contrary ones are configured two elevations (positive-negative); one concentrates and accumulates the openings, another one spreads in the length. The perforated metal panels, in regimen of low constructive effort obtain an efficient ventilation, locking up all the opened surface, filtering the natural light and strengthening a fortified appearance that makes it difficult the perception of the interior life of the house.
This dense and efficiently isolating one – 0,04 W (m.K) agglomerated block of cork oak is taken owner of the totality of the surface, something more than a simple thermal isolation, an covering declaring a friendly distance: involving stranger to constructed, soft and familiar one to lands cultivated in surround – an alive landscaping that we rescued, far from the ornamental, innocent and bucolic green space.
Inside, the expectable “ready to inhabit” combines a straight preview to the changeable future and conditions, as direct as possible – translated in interior design. Some found nicknames: “the pavilion”, “the shed”, “the hut”, “the cork”…
Location: Esposende, Portugal Architect: Arquitectos Anónimos®
Building Type: Holidays residence – direct commission
Built Area: 288m2
Client: Maria Helena Ramos + Hernâni Lopes
Partnership: Amorim Isolamentos S.A., Caixigomes Lda,Viroc Portugal
Previous design: Arquitectos Anónimos® + Paulo Teodósio
Design Team: Arquitectos Anónimos®, Carina Milheiro and Paulo Teodósio
Engineering Consultant: Luís Fernandes, Luís Picotês Gonçalves,Ricardo Fonseca
Construction: Irmãos Ramalho Lda
Photography: Ricardo Loureiro, Ivo Canelas