Project Name: House in Melides II
Practice: Aires Mateus
Firm Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Completion year: 2015
Gross Built up Area: 206 sqm
Project Location: Alentejo, Portugal
Contractors: Manuel Mateus Frazão
Project Manager: Jorge P Silva
Collaborators: Vânia Fernandes, François Brunner, Sofia Paradela
Photo Credits: Francesco Martello, Juan RodriguezMore Specs
(Text as submitted by architect)
Breaking the program, veils of intimacy are created between the various spaces. A main house with three small houses are drawn. The main construction shelters the kitchen, living room and master suite. These three functions are defined as clear spaces and are of recognizable form. One overall form reveals the three inside spaces that relate to the landscape view through two large courtyards.
The three smaller constructions develop as huts, each one with a suite. Their archetypal form is extended to small courtyards, unveiling the relationship with the view. The constructions establish unique relations with existing trees, views, and the distant sea horizon. The pool is designed taking advantage of the topography. One containing wall defines a water plan, creating a moment to relate to the landscape.