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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House in Melides, Grândola, Portugal by Pedro Reis Arquitecto

 
July 7th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pedro Reis

The house in Melides, on the southern Alentejo Coast, by Pedro Reis, represents the desire for a holiday house as a getaway from the bustle of a big city. The client made the unusual decision to have an architectural competition between three distinct ateliers, allowing a choice from a wider range of possible solutions. This winning proposal presents a reading of the “drama” of the natural countryside, building it on top of a steep hill relatively protected by the surrounding “rugged topography”.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

  • Architect: Pedro Reis Arquitecto
  • Name of Project: House in Melides
  • Location: Melides, Grândola, Portugal
  • Collaboration: Tiago Tomás, Isabel Silvestre
  • Project Date: 2007
  • Photography: FG + SG
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Front View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

  • Construction Date: 2010
  • Landscape: Global2 – Inês Norton
  • Structure: ARA – Alves Rodrigues & Associados, Lda
  • Technical Installations: ACRIBIA – Projectos e Desenho Técnico, Lda
  • Construction Area: 344 m2

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Inhabiting this site means “founding a place” by means of a “strong geometric imprint”, achieved by two volumes overlapping in the shape of a “cross”. The aim of this dialectic strategy is not just to reduce the “scale and presence” of the construction, but also to “split” the programme into two areas, one more “exuberant” and exposed and the other more “intimate” and contained.

Side View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

If the light upper volume recalls the synthetic image of the modern house, with large glass areas open to the scenic countryside, the “anchored” lower volume, clad with sheets of earth-coloured concrete, pre-fabricated in situ, sits on the ground, giving support and stability to the house. In terms of programmatic organisation, the “suspended” upper volume concentrates the main spaces, defining the “minimum housing unit”, while the lower volume acts as an “expansion zone”, hosting more intimate areas or service areas, allowing increased occupation.

Images Courtesy FG + SG

The kitchen, as the centre of the home, takes on paramount importance here, acting as the crossing-point for all movements: entering, going through the inside and moving out into the garden, with the long pergola providing shade and a water tank reflecting the pine trees, set under the house into the main bedroom. The experience of this house aims to concentrate on its essence, on being inside and out, on contemplating and lingering, highlighting a enjoyable sense of living, close to the amenities of urban life.

Images Courtesy FG + SG

Night View

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Side View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Interior View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Hall View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Interior View (Images Courtesy FG + SG)

Images Courtesy FG + SG

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Categories: Autocad, House, Residential

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