Gallery: Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable...

The U House is pro surfer José Gregório's modern, sustainable residence situated on top of a hill overlooking the Saint Lorenzo Bay in Ericeira. As the name implies, the house is shaped like a U with a protected courtyard and pool in the middle. Designed by Jorge Graça Costa, the home's implicit sustainability avoids big pronouncements and focuses on the interweaving of good design and environmentally friendly strategies. Orientation and the home's envelope are the first lines of defense against energy loss, while eco-friendly materials, solar panels and rainwater harvesting round out the home's green features.

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