In the supermarket queue, the young cashier tells an older lady, “You should bring your own bags for your shopping. Plastic bags are not environmentally friendly.” The lady apologized and […]
Sustainability as a way of life, a way of home
Designing in alignment with natural forces, not in defiance of them
Designing With and Within Nature
Welcome to CORE, a boutique architecture firm offering a holistic and integrated approach to real estate design and project management. We leverage our expertise in green technology with an appreciation of aesthetics and wellbeing to promote real estate that serves the health of residents and health of the environment alike.
Based in Algarve, Portugal, and with more 50 projects in the field of green design construction and interior architecture across Europe, we work with families and hotel operators to develop mixed-use real estate, including villas and eco-hotels.
CASA MICHEL: Rising from Ruins
Casa Michel was a unique refurbishment and extension project. The original plot included an old stone ruin and a very rundown house. With careful planning and attention to following legal restrictions associated with the preservation with the ruin, CORE team was able to connect the building and ruin, refurbishing the later as a special guesthouse while achieving high energy efficiency in the estate.
Though not without its challenges on the legal and technical fronts, the project was completed in time and within budget, achieving the right balance between affordability, sustainability and aesthetics.
ARCHITECTURE MASTERPRIZE 2018!
We are thrilled to be among the list of Honorable Mentions in the prestigious 2018 Architecture MasterPrize! Completed in the Algarve in 2017, Villa GK sits on a hill in the Algarve, and blends gently into the steep hillside.