House in Monsaraz

Portugal / 2018

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Faced with the boundless extents of the Alqueva lake, the house requires a centre: a protected courtyard embracing the water. It uses the terrain to cast a dome that covers the social areas and is the life centre of the house. An inverted dome intersects it and creates an opening that lights the space, shaping its precise geometry and limits. The bedrooms open onto circular patios. Amid a wide natural landscape, the scale of the house is that of the patios and superior dome. They are the sole visible elements, painted in radiant white.


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Diante da infinita extensão do lago do Alqueva, procura-se um pátio, um centro para a casa, protegido e simultaneamente aberto sobre a água. Utilizando a topografia, desenha-se uma calote que extende as áreas sociais, tornando-se o centro da vida na casa. Moldando a luz neste espaço, uma outra calote simétrica intersecta esta, criando um abertura que ilumina este centro com desenho e limites rigorosos. Os espaços dos quartos abrem-se sobre espaços circulares. A escala da casa nesta vasta paisagem natural será a dos pátios e da calote superior, únicos elementos visíveis, pintados de um branco luminoso.


location
Monsaraz Alqueva Lake, Alentejo, Portugal


date of project
2007 - 2009


date of construction
2010 - 2018


built area
174 m²


site area
21 100 m²


authors
Aires Mateus


project leader
Inês Cordovil, Helga Constantino


collaborators
Humberto Silva, André Passos, Susana Rodrigues, Joana Simões


engineering
AFAconsult


constructor
JDS, Manuel Mateus Frazão

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    Faced with the boundless extents of the Alqueva lake, the house requires a centre: a protected courtyard embracing the water. It uses the terrain to cast a dome that covers the social areas and is the life centre of the house. An inverted dome intersects it and creates an opening that lights the space, shaping its precise geometry and limits. The bedrooms open onto circular patios. Amid a wide natural landscape, the scale of the house is that of the patios and superior dome. They are the sole...

    Project details
    • Year 2018
    • Work finished in 2018
    • Main structure Reinforced concrete
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design
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