The external portico due to its elevation with respect to the ground appears as a portico above the pine forest. If the house on one side comes from the earth, on the other due to the natural delicacy levitated gently on it. This solution appears as a strategy of environmental comfort, in fact the mountain range of Sintra has a very high humidity level and thanks to this solution the transfer of moisture from the ground to the house decreases. The large windows allow natural light to enter most of the day and therefore space heating.By minimizing the effects on the natural landscape of the place, the pine forest was left as it was before construction. The house thus seems to float on the sandy ground respecting the ecosystem.
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