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.
Chão das Giestas House in Guarda, Portugal by AVA Architects
January 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AVA Architects
The house evolves having the planimetry of the city (Guarda-Portugal) as a background. The place, in peripheral context, is profoundly different from the center because of the recently urbanization, the natural territory was depersonalized by the topographic changes caused by that. The existing public space is builded without an organisation that matches the topography of the place, forcing an artificial and uncharacterized lotting, Nowadays, there are different morphologies and typologies of construction.
The lot is a Corner lot of trapezoidal configuration that was decreased compared with the initial deployment area. it is envolved by streets of steeply sloping with a good solar exposure.
The program is distributed in three floors, imposed by the rules of the lotting. The garage, support kitchen, store-room and service toilet are organized in the ground floor in function of the external space previously defined. In upper floor the common spaces were located around the central space of entrance. This entrance space, where the stairs are inserted and conceived as a sculpture, makes the functional and visual link between all floors and, it unites and divides the two compact bodies. We tried to establish a logic visual relation between the exterior and the interior with an interdependency between the two bodies. In the 0 floor these two bodies included the kitchen, living-room, dining-room, work space and service toilet. In the last floor, the 1 floor, there are the most intimate spaces, the bedrooms and bathrooms, baring in mind their articulations from the central space.
It was builded an isolated house with 320 square meters of covered area. In the ground floor is the garage and, in the two upper floors, are the residencial spaces. The construction volume is materialized, apparently, in two compact bodies that extend in the space between them. The volume involves to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the impact of the predicted building volume of three floors delimitated by a level wall. The setting favours visual relations between the back and front parts of the lot and between the inside and the outside. All these visual permeabilities and the relation between the public and the private are controlled and guided.
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