Gallery: Towering Leafy Green Walls Liven up the Boxy Quinta Patino Hom...

Boxy homes are efficient to build, and they needn't be boring as the Quinta Patino in Portugal clearly demonstrates. The 700 sqm home designed by FVArquitectos is a grey, rectangular volume infiltrated by a series of sneaky inner courtyards and towering leafy green walls. Combined with wooden doors and shutters and the occasional pane of glass, the vertical gardens give the contemporary house a surprisingly calm eco-ethos that is especially great for kids.

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