Vineyard House uses rammed earth to stay cool in Portugal’s hot summers
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The 319-square-meter house comprises three interconnected rectangle volumes clustered around an existing tree and strategically arranged to optimize passive solar conditions. Two of the units, built from concrete and white plastered brick masonry, house the private areas: one volume contains the guest bedroom, office, and master suite; the other comprises five private suites. In contrast, the third volume was constructed from rammed earth walls and contains the dining room, kitchen, and a sunken...