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As is often the case in the process of designing contemporary homes, the challenges arise in finding a balance between innovative architecture that still fits within its natural environment. Situated in Luz-Lagos, Portgual, architect Mario Martins created the “House Colunata” by making use of local building techniques and locally sourced materials. House Colunata was also strategically built to maximize the impressive panoramic views as well as provide the home with the best solar orientation and protection against the elements. Looking in from the water, the stark white of the home’s exterior contrasts boldly with the dusty rock landscape of the shore, while a reverse view sees the clean walls and hard lines blending seamlessly into the expansive, rich blue sky and water.