Jorge Graça Costa Architect have designed a house with energy-efficient principles near the capital city of Lisbon, Portugal. This house have good passive cooling and heating qualities, uses 4 times less energy for cooling than a standard dwelling would in Portuguese summers. DT House’s composition explores the contrast between social areas of the lower level and private areas located on the upper floor.
Natural lighting is also enhanced to better serve the lower level, where the social, collective functions, are located. To improve passive cooling profiting from sea breezes, it was strategic to build a pool near the façade; the pool water doesn’t use chemicals to be reused in the garden. From the architectural design to the adequate definition of particular solutions, DT House shows that it is possible to integrate contemporary technologies and sustainable design solutions – good design as the support to good human comfort.