The U House located in Ericeira, a World Surfing Reserve, was designed for José Gregório three times national Surf champion and a well known big wave rider, his wife, and two daughters. This 300 Square meter house occupies a big lot, surrounded by a dense mesh of trees, on top of a hill overlooking Saint Lorenzo Bay.

We fell in love with this stunning project as soon as we saw the visuals on archdaily. “Our mutual interest in sustainability didn’t keep us from wholeheartedly embracing modern design. The goal was to avoid green pronouncements, allowing to achieve ascetics and exciting architecture solutions, instead of designing a building fully controlled by superfluous green technologies and merely aggregating raw materials. The house design emerges from the inevitability of protection of prevailing winds. The north wind dominant in the summer and the stormy south wind dominant in the winter carrying the rain from the sea. Therefore the central idea was a design based in the reinterpretation of ancient’s Mediterranean patio houses, creating a patio sitting on a plateau embraced by two long arms interconnected by a third body, never ignoring the fabulous views to the west even in interior spaces. Abundant glazing brings in natural light while a high-performance envelope controls temperatures. Eco-friendly Interior finishes and artwork made from recycled materials take place in prominent places in the house.”

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“The numerous sustainable features includes: cork has a primary isolation material, passive design (natural heating and cooling), floor and water heating by solar panels supported by biomass heating, microclimate environment created by the patio and the pool (pool water without chemical treatment) and rainwater harvesting (collected in a preexisting well) for irrigation proposes. The house’s success in harmonizing design, functionality and sustainability is augmented by its livability, extreme comfort and considerable savings in consumption of water and energy. Its humble size and careful design are a testament to the successful balance of architecture with a prescriptive performance design.”

As always we also checked out the reviews to see if it’s as good as it looks: “We stayed at U House for a week in mid-June with our two children (3 & 5 yrs.). The house is absolutely stunning, even better than the pictures suggest. The view in the evening from the garden out to sea and the sunset is fabulous. The location is perfect – up in the hills away from the coast so that it gets the breeze but only 10 mins drive at most to the nearest beach. Should you get tired of the beach, or if the weather isn’t great, then it’s only a 45 min drive into Lisbon. There a couple of supermarkets locally in Ericeria but it’s worth driving the 20 mins to the Intermarche in Mafra which is much much better. There are plenty of good restaurants locally. Jose, the host, is great. We will definitely be back next year!” airbnb

Can wait to get to know this classic surf family …

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