House in Leiria | Aires Mateus

SAVE House in Leiria | Aires Mateus

Project Name: House in Leiria

Practice: Aires Mateus

Products: Jofebar

Firm Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Completion year: 2010

Gross Built up Area: 423 sqm

Project Location: Leiria, Portugal

Engineering: Paulo Fernandes

Contractors: CIGIL

Project Manager: Maria Rebelo Pinto

Collaborators: Humberto Fonseca, Luísa Sol, Tiago Santos

Others: Authors: Manuel Aires Mateus / Francisco Aires Mateus

Photo Credits: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra + Sergio Guerra

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Excerpt: House in Leiria is an residential architectural project designed by Aires Mateus in Lisbon, Portugal. A house divided in private area with bedrooms, and social area with living-rooms. The private areas are at street level under the plot, around a central courtyard with rooms opening to private patios in a intimate environment.

Project Description

(“Text as submitted by architect”)

The site is on the outskirts of Leiria, in a high position overlooking the city. The functions are banal: a house divided in private area with bedrooms, and social area with living-rooms. The private areas are at street level under the plot, around a central courtyard with rooms opening to private patios in a intimate environment.

The living rooms are around a void, that collects light from above and gazes the castle at the city centre. The house is a recognizable archetype emptied of its centre by the light designed by a three heighted courtyard that opens horizontally at the garden level.

 

The bedroom courtyards, revealed in the garden, relate with this archetypal object providing different readings on its scale. Scale and volume are controlled in a chaotic context, with a clear identity that from its core relates with the historical legacy far away: the Leiria Castle.

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