Miramar House is an ingenious passively cooled home located in the town of Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. It takes its name from the popular seaside village not too far from its location.
The house was constructed by E348 Arquitectura using only local building methods and inexpensive, easily available materials. The home's interior and exterior styles are designed to suit the local climate and architectural character.
The most noteworthy feature of Miramar House is the inclusion of several massive hand-operated wooden shutters located along the upper floor facade. When opened, the shutters allow breeze to permeate the interior and keep the temperature comfortable during the summer. Perforated wall sections located around the house allow for natural ventilation.
The roof of Miramar House is equipped with a solar hot water array which both provides hot water while also taking care of underfloor heating.