Casa Em Tróia – BICA Arquitectos

Casa Em Tróia sits in a landscape of immense natural beauty, facing the sea and aligned with many neighboring buildings. The two key principles that defined the project were preserving the environment, based on ecological support—protecting dunes and local vegetation—and ensuring privacy for occupants. A large dune was carefully shaped and covered with native plant species, surrounding the house.

This dune reinforced the context’s natural characteristics and, at the same time, favored local sustainability since it was created with sand that was removed from nearby constructions. Complementarily, a long palisade in fir wood was erected to preserve the new dune and define the perimeter of the construction while subtly concealing its various volumes.

The house’s interior is arranged along a central and lengthy corridor, which extends through the house and opens onto courtyards. Plant species which were previously in place, such as pine trees, eucalyptus, and shrubs have been kept. At the end of this corridor is located the social area, which privileges the relationship with the landscape and is open to the exterior, in a part of the terrain where neighboring constructions are no longer visible.

The pool’s design anticipates the sea and is accessible from a ramp covered by sand-based mortar, which establishes continuity with the dunes. The leisure area extends to the roof terrace; from there, one can see the sea. The house’s constructive solution follows the resort’s principles: a main-bearing steel structure with a light steel frame covered with OSB panels and thermal insulation finished with sand-based mortar on the walls.

Using a similar finish on the interior, the floors were finished with travertine, which complemented the exterior’s sandstone. This palette wouldn’t be complete without bringing fir and ash woods for the furniture, contributing to the definition of a whole that establishes a continuity with the landscape.

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