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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.

FFAT House in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal by Arquitectos Anónimos

February 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arquitectos Anónimos

The seaside around the town centre of VN Gaia (the city where we made this project) is undergoing a violent residential occupation with the ensuing conversion of its nature state. The fragments regardless architecture have piled up in disorderly ‘suburbia’, hidden under a shapeless agglomeration of private houses.

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade 

  • Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos
  • Project: FFAT House
  • Location: Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal
  • Photography: Abel Andrade
  • Date: 2005-2007 
  • Building Type: Single housing – direct commission 
  • Built Area: 270m2 
  • Client: Fernando Afonso + Fátima Cardoso 
  • Engineering Consultant: Manuel Branco Leite, Paulo Lima 
  • Facade: “Wisa Trans” Plywood 
  • Pavements: “SikaFloor” bituminous paint 
  • Windows: “Hydro Systems” aluminium sliding windows 
  • Glass: “Saint-Gobain” double grey glass 
  • Ceramics: “Bisazza”

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade

The project came about after consideration given to the concept of a small house, and we have tried since the beginning to involve ‘reality’ as one of the decisive factors in this work. It indeed helped to reveal the project. In that sense, two criteria led to the final solution: on the one hand, by using the urban plan statutory regulations restricting the perimeter and the possible location of the building; and on the other hand by manipulation of the interior space in relation with the neighboring buildings.

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade

The starting point in developing the building was the maximum volume allowed, which in the course of the design process has been manipulated in order to create the roof terrace that allows a view of the sea. The excessive proximity of the adjacent houses led to an architecture closed off to its neighbours. The dark waterproof plywood of the facade served as ‘spacesuit’ that protects against the ‘radiation’ of the reality, its context and its territory.

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade

The interior is completely white, with distinct temperatures of colour. The two skylights bring permanent day-light to the house, even when the exterior ‘skin’ is entirely closed. The insertion of the skylights makes an improvement to the sunlight and ventilation while providing privacy to the interior life. At the same is a contrast to the accuracy of the ‘black box’ dimensions.  It is a way to face the challenge of building in such small allotments.

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade 

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade 

Image Courtesy © Abel Andrade 

sketch : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos 

concept diagram : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos 

site plan : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos 

section : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos 

detail section : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos 

2nd floor : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos 

1st floor : Image Courtesy Arquitectos Anónimos

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