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Cabeco do Resto, Madeira, Portugal 
Monday 30 Apr 2012
 
The future is orange 
 
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Editorial

Triple-volume abode sunken into sheer cliff 


msb architects’ Cabeco do Resto residence is a unique form, wedged successfully into a cliff above Santana in Madeira. The flaming orange home is a private property and presented the architects with numerous problems as to how to integrate an accessible house into a very steeply sloped hillside.

The solution was found in a series of volumes which mould to the cliff-face rather than attempting to rewrite the natural topography, the architects refusing to shape the land with retaining walls. As a result, two volumes have been created to facilitate the everyday functions of the house, linked with a third access volume.

Light plays a key role in the orientation of the building as the site slopes from south to north. The best light is received from the south and yet the prime views are found towards the north, therefore msb architects has aligned the volumes accordingly.

Bedroom and associated bathroom amenities can be found in the lower volume, sunken into the cliff-face in an effort to extend the housing field unfolding its coverage of green spaces that can be reused. Living, kitchen and entertaining facilities are located in the upper portion of the abode which holds the best vantage points.

msb architects explains: “It was not intended to fight against this steep plot. Instead we prefer the perspective of a smooth integration in the territory through an architecture that has a natural gesture with its surroundings.”

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
MSB Architects
www.msb-arquitectos.net

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