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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.

G.C. House in Ovar, Portugal by Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

 
February 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

The arrival at the house is characterised by two exposed concrete walls which surround the building, both hiding and sheltering it. Access is established via a ramp covered by a canopy which extends from the house until the gate, set against an iron pillar. The house is essentially closed to the north and east, opening totally to the south and west in the direction of the sun, benefiting from a privileged relationship with the garden, patios and swimming pool.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar 

  • Architects: Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa
  • Project: G.C. House
  • Location: Ovar, Portugal
  • Photography: Manuel Aguiar
  • Architecture: José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago Meireles
  • Collaborators: Rita Gonçalves, Filipe Ribeiro
  • Technical: Structures – Luís Rocha (Engineer)
  • Specialties: Water and Sanitation – Ana Portugal (Engineer), Electrical Equipment and Telecommunications – José Oliveira (Engineer)
  • Project Date: 2001/2003
  • Construction Date: 2003/2005

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

The layout on the upper floor is made along a curved hallway over the circulation of the ground floor. This space is marked by an exposed concrete wall at ground level and by circular skylights, which along with the glazing near the stairs, create a surprising, luminary effect.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

The bedrooms are south-facing and each of the two bedrooms has a small veranda. The master suite has a sun terrace, benefiting from views of the garden and swimming pool.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

When considering the outside spaces, the aim was to create a close relationship with the interior layout, with the differentiation of spaces and functions. Gardens surround the house, the patios and the swimming pool. The patio next to the rooms completes the blue reflecting pool, which continues over the lawn as if it were a continuous feature.

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Image Courtesy © Manuel Aguiar

Site Plan : Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

Groud Floor Plan : Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

1st Floor Plan : Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

Basement Floor Plan : Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

Sections : Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

Constructive detail plan : Image Courtesy Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

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