Solar trap architecture portfolio 1999 2013


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Created in 1999, Solar Trap - architecture is an office pioneer in the intersection between architecture / energy / ecology. Our pursuit of eco-sustainability at various scales of architecture is based on an holistic and systemic approach to the creation of human ecosystems. From urban spaces, new buildings, or refurbishing, passing through the search of more adjusted construction solutions, we always seek the highest levels of performance, quality of life and cost efficiency for the minimum environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of the built environments we create.

Vision, Innovation and creativity is our core.
If doesn't exist we design and invent it, joining companies and promoters with the best R&D centres, making projects in partnership to launch new products in the market, taking advantage of our awarded knowledge and experience.

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Solar trap architecture portfolio 1999 2013

  1. 1. solar trap - architecture armadilha solar - arquitectura PORTFOLIO 1999/2013Rua do Conde de Ferreira nº245 mail: Porto, Portugal web:
  2. 2. solar trap - architecture armadilha solar - arquitecturaOur missionCreated in 1999, Solar Trap - architecture isan office pioneer in the intersection betweenarchitecture / energy / ecology. Our pursuit of eco-sustainability at variousscales of architecture is based on an holisticand systemic approach to the creation ofhuman ecosystems. From urban spaces, newbuildings, or refurbishing, passing through thesearch of more adjusted constructionsolutions, we always seek the highest levelsof performance, quality of life and costefficiency for the minimum environmentalimpacts throughout the life cycle of the builtenvironments we create.Vision, Innovation and creativity is our core.If doesnt exist we design and invent it, joiningcompanies and promoters with the best R&Dcentres, making projects in partnership tolaunch new products in the market, takingadvantage of our awarded knowledge andexperience.Our servicesOnce we are pioneers and in control of theknowledge and know-how, Solar Trap activityis spread to a wide range of challenges. Fromarchitecture and design, to consultancy, vision& strategy, green building, ecological thinking,sustainability certification, energyperformance in buildings, we´ve alreadyplanned, alone or in partnership: urbandevelopments, hotels and rural tourism, multiand uni familiar buildings, modular houses,new technologies and products.Among others, we´ve won the NationalInnovation Prize - BES with Jee – EcoEfficient Window. Jee is a patented buildingfaçades technology that functions to increasethe heat exchange and air fluxes takingadvantage from passive solar radiation toreduce in 30% the energy costs in servicebuildings or dwellings.
  3. 3. solar trap - architecture armadilha solar - arquitecturaOur processWe dream with reality.Our human character is modern, informed,inventive and concerned with anenvironmental heritage. Our time span iscircular to built environments serving not onlyas an artificial circumstance, but also as anaugmented ecosystem, flexible andregenerable, low impact, extending nature´sfunctioning to inside spaces.For us architecture will always be an humancreation projecting his performance and rulemodels with an ever changing idea of nature,shaping spaces to an optimized functioning,improving energy efficiency, thermal comfortand behaviour, natural light and air quality,but also giving users the chance to discoverand question, without loosing their references.Every project is therefore a stimulus to aninteraction with the promoters understanding,aspirations, the program, the site, thegreen/blue/grey networks functioning, legalframes, business model and financial project.With a world wide network of contacts, welook for the best partnerships to meet thechallenges posed to us, increasing the scaleof the team or empowering technical skills inareas like engineering, science andtechnology or nature functioning.
  4. 4. solar trap - architecture armadilha solar - arquitecturaMiguel Veríssimoowner and head architectBiographyBorn in ex-Portuguese Guinea in 1965Between 1988/94 obtains the graduation in Architecture and Urbanismat FAUT Lisbon. Was a student and apprentice of Carrilho da Graça andassistant coordinator of Manuel Vicente. Was also a student of EnricMiralles at ETSAB, Barcelona.In 1994 attended the workshop Daylight in Architecture guided by J.Owen Louis and Marc Fontoynont, realizing the environmental impactsand energy performance of built environments. Works ever since in theintersection between architecture/energy/ecology.In 1999 creates the Solar Trap – architecture, an office located at Portoresponsible for architecture and consultancy projects at different scales.2006/07 - Was with Prof. Paulo Mendonça, representing the PortugueseOrder of Architects, in the creation of the Portuguese System for EnergyCertification in Buildings (EPBD - Dir nº 2002/97/EC, RCCTE).In 2007 - Was a winner of the National Innovation Prize with JEE, apatented façade system developed with LFTC/U.Minho to be applied inrefurbishing or new building. JEE uses the sun to optimize eco-efficiency.2009/10 - Was author with Prof. Luís Bragança (et al.) of the StrategicVision to Eco-Efficiency of Mota-Engil Engineering&Construction.(among Top 50 World Construction Companies)Is now working on ECOSmartUrbanism and architecture, studying builtenvironments as intermediate between green, blue and grey networks.Was recently invited to be the Scientific Coordinator at "The House ofthe Future", Porto.Is often invited as speaker, trainer and teacher, highlighting:2005/06 – “Architecture and Energy”, as the Scientific Coordinator ofPorto and Lisbon Seminars;2007 - International Congress, Sustainable Construction Materials andPractices, SB07, Lisbon;2008 - National Congress, Sustainable Architecture: “Future with Past”,as Workshop trainer, Aveiro;2009 – Cycle : Research Projects, with JEE – Eco Efficient Window,National Order of Architects, Lisbon;2010 - TEDxOporto talking about : L M S XS Nano – “Going down onarchitectural scale”;2011 - ENEGI Congress of Industrial Engineering and Management with:“Green Management of Construction Companies”, U.Minho;2011 – Systems & Technologies for Sustainable Construction :“Research in Action”, IteCons, Coimbra;2012 - Net Zero Energy for Buildings & Smart Cities, InternationalCongress, LNEG, Lisbon;2012 - Smart Cities World Congress and Expo, presenting ; “TwoTechnologies for Smarter Cities - MUSCLE and JEE”, Barcelona, Spain2012 - Talking Global (TV broadcast), 30 experts talking about the future.2009/11 – Was an Invited teacher and a researcher at University ofMinho, Guimarães.
  5. 5. Urban PlanningEco-Efficient Housing DevelopmentCondomínio Eco-EficienteSite - Bougado - TrofaCliente / Client : Dr. Eduardo Campos CarlosÁrea / Area : 15.730m2 habitações / 18 dweillings (stage1)Custo / Cost : € 5.350.000,00 (aprox.)Conclusão / Conclusion : projectAutoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo This project reflects our methodological and creative approach to a medium/large urban eco- efficient system. We have projected a 5 steps life cycle approach (project-construction- operation-maintenance-deconstruction). Already licensed, this condominium to be sited at Trofa (Portugal) meets state-of-the-art levels on crossing architecture/energy/ecology. The implantation uses a concrete hardcore structure (access ramps and infrastructural features) assuring not only the necessary the necessary structural stability but also the most correct thermal functioning inside the house. The side-by-side concrete structures also organizes the urban disposition, the infrastructural efficiency and a continuous green coverer. The other building systems to create the dwelling spaces are light steel, aluminum and wood.
  6. 6. Eco-Efficient Housing DevelopmentCondomínio Eco-EficienteSite - Bougado - TrofaThe exterior spaces are open and exclusively for the trees, playing and leisure. The construction environmental impact, once the concretestructures put the house flying over the soil, its only 10%. The dwelling program is flexible and grows over time with the family spaceneeds. The 3R´s approach and eco-efficiency is almost perfect. The energy efficiency achieves the highest level possible Net ZeroEnergy Building. With few more active and “smart strategies” (domotics+PV+E_Mob) this urban system can accomplish E+ levels (creatingenergy instead of spending it).
  7. 7. Urban PlanningUrbanization and housing schemeUrbanização e conjunto habitacionalSite - BarcelosCliente / Client : GoldinvestÁrea / Area : 14 860m2 ( superfície/surface) 9860m2 (construção/construction)Habitações / Dweillings : 48Custo / Cost : € 5.000.000,00 (aprox.)Conclusion / Conclusion : under constructionAutoria / Authors : Miguel Dias, Miguel Veríssimo
  8. 8. Equipments / HealthcarePaliative Care ClinicSite – Monte Judeu, PortimãoCliente / Client : Santa Casa de Misericórdia, Paliaticare LDAÁrea / Area : 5000 m2Custo /Cost : € 2 700 000,00 (aprox.)
  9. 9. Equipments / TourismQuinta da Pacheca HotelSite - Cambres, LamegoCliente / Client : Pacheca Hotels Events & GourmetÁrea / Area : 1.570m2Custo / Cost : € 1.250.000,00 (aprox.)Conclusão / Conclusion : 2009 (em construção)Autoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo
  10. 10. Quinta da Pacheca HotelSite - Cambres, Lamego
  11. 11. Equipments / TourismQuinta da Calçada, Bed&BreakfastSite - Cinfães do DouroCliente / Client : Dr. Manuel do Carmo RuasÁrea / Area : 1.150m2Custo / Cost : € 1.500.000,00 (aprox.)Conclusão / Conclusion : 2006Autoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo
  12. 12. Equipments / TourismQuinta de Abol de Baixo, Eco-Tourism(rehabilitation of four house sets)Site - Entre-os-Rios, PenafielCliente / Client : Familia Sarmento e CastroÁrea / Area : 800m2Custo /Cost : € 700 000,00 (aprox.)Conclusão / Conclusion : 2007Autoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo March (thermal analysis ) Dez (thermal analysis)
  13. 13. HousingCasa HengelHardtHengelhardt HouseSite - Quinta do Corvo, Vila Nova de GaiaCliente / Client : Carla HengelHardt Piso 2Área / Area : 400m2Custo / Cost : € 300.000,00 (aprox.)Conclusão / Conclusion : 2001Autoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo Piso 1
  14. 14. HousingCasa DuarteDuarte HouseSite - BragaCliente / Client : Nuno DuarteÁrea / Area : 500m2Custo / cost : € 600 000,00 (aprox.)Conclusão / Conclusion : 2006Autoria / Authors : Miguel Dias, Miguel Veríssimo Veríssimo
  15. 15. Outdoor Environs are a new vision in architecture. OE units arecarefully-designed prefabricated living structures designed toadapt with you. They tread lightly on our planet, and utilizenatural resources effectively. Outdoor Environs combine theflexibility you desire to extend your life beyond the boundaries ofyour home, and a construction philosophy of eco-friendlyprinciples designed not to break the bank. Each OE unit is a 251sq. ft. combination of aesthetic, quality, flexibility, and value. Industrial model optimization - 12 pieces
  16. 16. R&D + innovationFonte, Compacto Energético para Reabilitação de FachadasFountain, Compact Energy System to Facades RefurbishingConclusão / Conclusion : 2005 (patented)Desenvolvimento: Solar Trap architectureAutoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo, Eduardo Melo
  17. 17. National Innovation Award - BES 2007 winter/mid season – green house effect during the day heat radiation and thermal convection during the nightJee - EcoEfficient Window is a patented and awarded eco-efficient façade system to be applied both in refurbishingor in new buildings. JEE´s design uses simple thermodynamics phenomenon to take advantage from sun and heatexchange at façade level in order to improve the building thermal, daylight and ventilation performances. Prototypedand tested during an annual climate cycle, the lab tests proved that JEE increases energy efficiency and reducesCO2 emissions more than 30% of dwellings or service buildings life cycles. JEE´s playback time for an average2012 energy costs, was valued in 7 to 9 years. JEE is ready to be produced and commercialised.
  18. 18. R&D + innovationATOM 1, Aquecimento Solar Passivo PortátilATOM 1, Portable Passive Solar Heating SystemConclusão / Conclusion : 2005 (patente)Autoria / authors : Miguel Veríssimo, Eduardo MeloDesenvolvimento / Development : Solar : Trap - architectureportable solar accumulator (PCM based)
  19. 19. 1 2 3 4 5MUSCLE is an integrated system for urban regeneration. The basic concept is to create a methodological approach capable tofulfil different scale requirements – from urban scale passing by dwellings to rooms. The basic idea is to maximize Green,&Blueinfrastructures to reduce soil artificialization to minimum. So, ecological footprint and biocapacity are important indicators to befound. Next, a five steps strategy takesplace:1 – Increasing biocapacity, boosting green&blue infrastructures to reduce soilartificialization 2 – Existing façades and interior walls demolition (if needed) 3 – (Re)structure adding strength, newinfrastructures, roof spaces 4 – Room capsules hang-up. More area, green energies 5 – Parking, street cycle lane, up pathways
  20. 20. CompetitionsNova Camara Municipal de OeirasNew Oeiras Town-Hall Competition, 2008Cliente / Client : Oeiras Town HallÁrea / Area : 17.000m2Custo / Cost : € 3.000.000Conclusão / Conclusion :Autoria / Authors : Miguel Veríssimo, Miguel Dias
  21. 21. Urban PlanningMarques Gomes Farmurbanization and housing schemeQuinta Marques Gomes Urbanização e Conjunto Habitacional(concurso/competition)Site – Vila Nova de GaiaCliente / Client : IMO-Gestão, Selecta Real Estate InvestmentsÁrea / Area : 30 000m2 ( superfície/surface) 9860m2 (construção/construction)Habitações, Hotel&Spa, Saúde,Serviços / Dweillings, Hotel&Spa, Health ,Offices.Custo / Cost : € 125.000.000,00 (aprox.)Conclusion / Conclusion :Autoria / Authors : Solar Trap – architecture, aNC, Menos é Mais At the south bank of the Douro River mouth, Quinta Marques Gomes requires a sensitive response to balance correctly - economics culture & environment. SYMBIOSIS MARGIN TRANSFORMATION, were our structural metaphors to safeguard an amazing Landscape extended on a hillside facing north, the natural elements. open air and communitarian living. Our aim was to create an innovative real state product underlining the relationship citizen/nature making use of state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to minimize the construction costs, the future maintenance, and the environmental impacts, thinking in life cycles. We´ve also intensified the urban eco-efficiency concept, by creating a structural element that will characterize the future development. The Pergola is an infrastructural element that floats and embraces the built elements. It separates public from private, roads from gardens, green and blue from grey infrastructure. Its efficient design and functioning can also make a difference on the construction costs and future maintenance. The Pergola is also a community metaphor – It links the energy, communication, water and drainage systems, allowing a covered pathway trough the condominium public spaces serving thus to conduct all buildings - villas, apartments, commerce and services, buildings allowing a surprising reading to the architecture. Our project gives simple solutions and flexible spaces designed to endure in time. Our spaces are prepared to different occupations and programs. Green roofs in all buildings, state-of-art energy-efficient architecture, clean energies, clean water saving, home automation and smart metering and electrical mobility, and social responsibility, thinking the condominium as an ecosystem. We´ve look for the correct articulation between privacy and sharing, to SYMBIOSIS MARGIN TRANSFORMATION ensure the highest quality of life.
  22. 22. Urban PlanningMarques Gomes Farmurbanization and housing scheme
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