Portuguese design studio SAMI Arquitectos have designed the House CZ in São Roque do Pico, Ilha do Pico, Açores, on the hillside of a Portuguese island. Named CZ House, the stained wooden residence is composed of four rectangular volumes, connected at the centre by a glazed living room.
Its irregular shape was created to take advantage of views in different directions, the interior is finished mostly in white with a few black wall accents. The bedrooms and bathrooms are located in two of the rectangular wings. The two other wings contain a garage and the kitchen and dining room. The glazed openings also allow for natural ventilation to flow through the house.
This house aims to overlook the various views which can be seen from the highest point of the land. Starting from a set of separate volumes and following the adaptation of the traditional architecture to the terrain, the resulting area between the four volumes was designed as a living space, the walls of which are a continuation of the exterior façades and where only glass separates the exterior from the interior space of the home.
Depending on the prevailing wind or the desired view, the house can open out on various landscapes and its connection and permeability with the exterior is total.
The solid volume in darkened wood is transformed into four volumes when the large glass panes are opened, allowing the extension of the various platforms of the house.
A system of pre-fabrication was used for this building which was conceived in order to achieve an A+ rating in terms of energy efficiency.
Project name: CZ House
Location: São Roque do Pico, Pico Island (Azores), Portugal
Coordinates: 38.516749, -28.311094
- Type By Characteristic: Green & Sustainable House, Prefab House
- Type By Site: Island House, Hill House
- Type By Size: Medium House – (201 sqm – 450 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Wooden House
Project Area: approx 250 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: SAMI Arquitectos – Rua Augusto Cardoso, 58 – 2ºandar, 2900-255 Setúbal, Portugal
Project Architects: Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Project Team: João do Vale Martins, Inês Martins, Daniel Mentech
Structures: Engiaço-Construções Técnicas Lda
Landscape: Victor Diniz Beiramar
Contractor: Engiaço-Construções Técnicas Lda
Text Description: © Courtesy of SAMI – arquitectos
Images: © Fernando Guerra / FG + SG