House in Murtal, Portuguese Residential Architecture Design, Architect, Home Photos

House in Murtal, Portugal

New Residential Building in Portugal design by ARX Portugal architects

9 Feb 2010

House in Murtal – Portuguese Property

Cascais Bay, Portugal
Date built: 2002
Design: ARX Portugal, Architects

Photographs: FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura

House in Murtal: Arquitetura

This house is located on a tough ground, of whimsical configuration and accentuated slope. In the beginning of the project the view over the Cascais’ bay was wonderful. Now there is the way a bulky urbanization known as “Jardins da Parede”.

Previously, the allotment defined the house in its volumetric and in the distribution in two separate volumes, one for inhabiting and another for parking the cars.

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This project was also very much marked by the owner of the house, who gave us a strict preliminary program, a scrapbook with magazine clippings, organized by themes, as he insisted that his house would have a tiled roof. He looked around and saw every house looking like that and he wanted his to have the same roof.

He also asked for it to have a porch, a pool fed by a waterfall and a profuse use of wood in the building materials, because of the comforting proprieties of this element in a home.

The land lot, beside the slope, was punctuated by two medium-sized pine trees, which we agreed to preserve as to attenuate the impact of the excessive building meanwhile taken place.

The project began by the roof, which became skin, thought out as a continuous and folded plan, a sort of origami, designed from the land’s topography. It is the shelter of the built volumes, over which it delicately lands.

In its design, we just reproduced the rigid volumetric defined by the building license, limited between the scantiness of the possible implantation and the large dimension of the program.

No piso inferior a volumetria descola-se do terreno e flutua, assente em duas rótulas metálicas, libertando por baixo da casa um espaço exterior nivelado de apoio à piscina.

In the down floor, the volume detaches itself from the ground and it hovers, laid on two metallic caps, thus freeing beneath the house a levelled outside area that grants support to the pool.

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House in Murtal – Building Information

Address: Murtal, Portugal
Project: 1997
Construction: 1999 – 2002
Architecture: ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda. – Nuno Mateus, José Mateus
Work Team: Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva
Structures Project: TAL PROJECTO, Projectos, Estudos e Serviços de Engenharia Lda.
Gross Construction Area: 650 m2

Photographs: FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
Fotografia : Fernando Guerra | Produção Fotográfica : Sérgio Guerra ® copyright(obra)

House in Murtal images / information from ARX 090210

ARX Portugal

Location: Murtal, Portugal, south western Europe

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