Portugal produces approximately 50% of the world's cork - and this beautiful family home in Lisbon makes great use of the rapidly renewable material. Atelier Data created the Varatojo House from reclaimed railway ties, colored concrete and Quercus suber bark. The brilliant dwelling is closed to the elements yet opens up to magnificent views of Lisbon.
The entrance to Atelier Data‘s Varatojo House lies at the end of a concrete ramp. A wooden wall made from reclaimed railway ties protects this area from the strong mountain winds. This reused material is echoed in the home’s facade, which can slide open to unveil the entrance and interior spaces. The exterior of the home is clad in bright orange cement, reclaimed wood and cork. The living areas wrap around a sunken garden with flourishing indigenous plants.
The close relationship between the building and its site is continued within – a renewable cork screen separates the entrance from the open plan living area. Reclaimed railway ties left over from the fence form a staircase towards the master bedroom. An en suite bathroom features a window garden box that nestles into a daylit pocket in the facade.
Minimal, modern and luxurious, this eco home in Portugal also features an indoor swimming pool with spectacular views of Lisbon’s northern hills.
Photos by Richard John Seymour