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.
Houses in Estoril, Portugal by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
July 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos
The houses in analysis are located within the residential neighbourhood at Estoril, in one of the main arteries that connect to the seacoast line. As premises, an exiguous lot mainly longitudinal, with an accentuated slope, the will to keep the pre-existent garages and the ambitious programme for two single-family houses, independent and, simultaneously, communicants with each other.
Two isolated blocks are shown, with different volumes and materials, over a common base that hides, behind a pre-existent stone wall, the former garages. Stripped on this front, the accesses to each of the fractions are made.
There is an conscious dissonance between the parts that constitute the whole: discrete as an image, an horizontal volume, of only one level, in natural concrete and glass that lays with a certain austerity over the landscape curves; another, almost cubic, which cover results from the opposite form, profiting from the wood’s temperature in order to establish and balance the complex. Both overseeing the road and benefitting from their position, surrounded by large terraces at several levels.
Typologically, two particularly different T3 are proposed, arising from the specific demands from the Client. One organized in two levels, separating the social area from the private spaces of the dwelling at each level, another gathering in one level all the compartments, except one independent service bedroom and its respective toilet.
The surrounding outside space, reduced, is melted with the construction and absorbs its limits. It allows different types of living and permits an important flexibility in its appropriation, whether as a whole, or fractioned. The complex gains, in this sense, a material and immaterial plasticity that are projected over the surroundings as an organic image of Contemporary Architecture.
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