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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 Martinhal, Portugal by ARX Portugal designed using Vectorworks

August 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ARX Portugal

This house is located in Sagres (Algarve), the furthest southwest location in Portugal. This town hosted the Navigation School behind the “Portuguese Discoveries”, established in the 15th century by the infant D. Henrique. Five centuries have gone by and nowadays these waters are famous for windsurfing.

House in Martinhal (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

  • Architects: ARX Portugal
  • Project: House in Martinhal
  • Location: Martinhal, Portugal
  • Awards:Distinguished with the “International Architecture Awards“, The Chicago Athenaeum, EUA, 2008
  • Project Date: 2002-03
  • Construction: 2005-07
  • Architect Design: Nuno Mateus, José Mateus
  • Structure Engineering: SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda
  • Area: 320m2
  • Photography: Fernando & Sérgio Guerra
  • Software used: Vectorworks

Main View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Land is being split in generic parcels of typical resorts, claiming for a superficial architectural idea of a “portuguese house”, to please and sell to foreign tourists. The house was developed along the precise regulations, defined in the urbanistic project, from distances to borders, access and total amount of construction area and volume.

Corner View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

The highest and longest volume is located in the north to create an protect a central marble patio from the strong and permanent winds. An “L” shaped bedroom wing helps creating privacy from the acess road into the pool. Inside and outside spaces are always articulated by courtyards, a typology from the moorish legacy, while filtering views to selected fragments of untouched landscape.

Side View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

The house is white and the roofs are flat, as they where often built in traditional architecture in this area, for drying fruits an fish, leaving us a particular architectural heritage that turistic resorts seem to have forgoten.

Far View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Staircase (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Gallery (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Wall (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Outer View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Elevation (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Street View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

Street View (Image Courtesy Fernando & Sérgio Guerra)

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