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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 Lagos, Portugal by Mario Martins

 
January 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mario Martins

In the south of Portugal, in Lagos, a house has been designed on steep and difficult land, but with a stunning view over the west coast of the Algarve.  The strong sunshine coming from the west also determined the position and character of the house.

The architectural project is determined by technically developed solutions, using sustainable geothermal energy and integrated smart home systems.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Mario Martins
  • Project: House in Lagos
  • Location: Lagos, Portugal
  • Project: 2006
  • Construction: 2007-2010
  • Architectural Project: Mario Martins
  • Team: Rui Duarte, Sonia Fialho, Rita Rocha, Paulo Baptista
  • Construction company: Lagoportico
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Technical projects:

  • Landscaping project: Filipa Cardoso Meneses and Catarina Assis Pacheco
  • Structural project: Leonida Carvalho
  • Water, sewage and drainage project: Jose Cabrita/Rui Duarte
  • Electricity /Telecomunications  project : Carlos Simoes
  • Thermal /Acoustics  project: Leonida Carvalho
  • Heating, ventilation and cooling systems: Joao Abreu Pimenta

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

The intentions of the project resulted in a contemporary design house connected to the site and the environment. However, the main objective was a house that seemed weightless.

The building was designed with the idea of lightness, and is gently placed on a base of apparent concrete, floating between two garden terraces and plains of water (pool and pond).  The roof garden, which is widely visible, accentuates this lightness.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Paradoxically, the steep slope of the land is balanced with a white horizontal shape floating over the surrounding area, looking out to sea.

Over a suspended concrete walkway, there is the entrance, hidden in a wall of black viroc.  This  is the upper floor.  There, can be understood the fluidity of the space containing the living room, kitchen and spacious area with a double height ceiling, looking down on a plains of water flowing over the water lilies made of concrete.  More privately, there are 3 bedrooms, all aligned and facing the sea, open to the light, but protected from the direct sun and also from the wind.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Mario Martins

Born in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal in 1964. Graduated from the University of Architecture of Lisbon (Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa) in 1988.

After working in Lisbon, he has worked in Lagos since 1989 in his architectural office, Mario Martins – Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda, where he has designed public sector buildings, tourist developments and private houses mainly for the south of Portugal.

His work over these 20 years has featured in various publications, and has been referred to in the media and at conferences.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

Mario Martins Portrait

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