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
(“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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