Our architects’ office was contacted to develop a subdivision in Vila nova de Gaia in which efficiency, functionality and sustainability were the main attributes. The strategy was thus based on developing a solution for the lots that used the existing infrastructures to the maximum and guaranteed lots with the necessary characteristics to develop a sustainable architecture.
There are several strategies that can be adopted to create a more environmentally friendly city. In this allotment project we apply the following:
Take advantage of existing infrastructures (roads, telecommunications, water and sewage supply, electricity and gas)
Reduce the waterproofing area, increasing permeable areas
Allow lots that can accommodate heating and cooling strategies with passive solar energy. Lots of four fronts are most effective for this purpose.
Avoid land movement
The characteristics of the various lots and the respective allotment permits thus condition the future performance of the architecture.
The architectural strategy for each lot included not only energy efficiency concepts but maximum functionality. In this sense, the house develops embracing a patio with a swimming pool and a view over the garden. Next to the street entrance is the garage and connected to it is a pergola that leads to the entrances. On the upper floor are the rooms with private bathrooms, the kitchen, the service WC, the living room and the dining room. Downstairs a guest room, laundry and games room. Some features, such as the cinema room and small bar, place these lots in a high segment.
The city will only be environmentally efficient if architecture is as well. In this sense, preparing an ecological subdivision is preparing an environmentally friendly urbanism.
May 31, 2021