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A Red House in Portugal – Casa Cabeço

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This house by MSB arquitectos clings for its life to a scrubby hillside in Madeira, Portugal.

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Built in concrete that is coloured an endearingly lush and yet rustic red, it makes a bold statement.

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The design is plagued by a familiar problem, according to the architects: the view is to the North, while the sun is from the South.

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Cantilevered out from the hill, a gigantic deck has an unusual wood-panelled “ceiling” underneath.

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The deck supports the upper level of the house which houses the public spaces and is the entrance level for driving onto the site.

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This is the level that you drive into. The grass creates the impression of flat land next to you as you arrive: a relief on such a steep site.

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But in fact it is the green roof of the lower building.

The skylights mounted in the grass give it away.

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These skylights bring light down into the bedrooms and bathrooms that are partially dug into the hillside.

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Next to them, under the entrance floor, the underside of the deck is beautifully finished, as if to one day become an interior ceiling… One wonders how this will weather?

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