House in Monsaraz | Aires Mateus

SAVE House in Monsaraz | Aires Mateus

Project Name: House in Monsaraz

Practice: Aires Mateus

Firm Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Completion year: 2009

Gross Built up Area: 174 sqm

Project Location: Alentejo, Portugal

Lead Architects: Inês Cordovil, Helga Constantino

Structural Consultants: AFAconsult

Contractors: JDS, Manuel Mateus Frazão

Collaborators: Humberto Silva, André Passos, Susana Rodrigues, Joana Simões

Photo Credits: Joao Guimaraes, Nelson Garrido, Rui Cardoso

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Project Description

(“Text as submitted by architect”)

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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