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Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Portugal Architecture News - May 01, 2020 - 16:17   5548 views

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Lisbon-based architecture architecture firm Aires Mateus has built a concrete house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Named House in Monsaraz, through its green roof, a visitor approaching from upper level don't see the house, but a visitor, coming from a different angle, the visitor see the corner point of the house that makes an introverted dome. 

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Situated on 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. 

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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.

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

The house covers a total of 174-square-metre area and features generous terraces and outdoor spaces. The house uses the terrain to cast a dome that covers the social areas and is the life centre of the house. 

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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.

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Image © AMA – Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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.

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

Image © Rui Cardoso

Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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Aires Mateus designs a house that acts like an extension of the landscape in Portugal

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Project facts

Project name: House in Monsaraz 

Architect: Aires Mateus

Size: 174m2 

Location: Portugal 

Date: 2018 

All images © João Guimarães unless otherwise stated. 

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