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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 Mosteiro, PORTUGAL by Arquitectos Matos

 
September 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Arquitectos Matos

The site is located on the outskirts of Santa Maria da Feira, surrounded by a diffuse and changing landscape.

The concept of the project comes from the combined interpretation of the functional program of a single-family house with the specific premises of the clients, as from the study of the characteristics of the lot and its surroundings and morphological conditions.

The house is organized in a single floor around a central courtyard, facing South and West, protected from the street on the North side.

Image Courtesy © JOÃO MORGADO

  • Architects: Arquitectos Matos
  • Project: House Mosteirô
  • Location: Mosteiro, PORTUGAL
  • Photography: JOÃO MORGADO
  • Project: 2008 – 2009
  • Construction: 2010 – 2012
  • Client: PRIVATE
  • Co-author: LUÍS LOUREIRO
  • Architecture Collaboration: HUGO GOMES

Image Courtesy © JOÃO MORGADO

Shaped as an “L”, it is divided in two parts – a longitudinal volume organized the service areas and the leisure zone, while the bedrooms are located in the shorter volume, transversal to the lot. An additional volume, a storage room placed in the limit of the terrain, accurately defines the central courtyard.

Access to the house is made from the east side, by a ramp that serves as a transition between the level of the street and the main and service entrances.

Image Courtesy © JOÃO MORGADO

At the intersection of the two volumes of the L, a void announces the main entrance, that inward, through its transparency, reveals the central courtyard and leads to the different areas of the house.

The interior spaces are directly associated to the patio, though protected by the porch, that externally unifies the different areas of the house as intensifies the daily experiences of the family.

Image Courtesy © JOÃO MORGADO

The living room is an ample space, where the dining and living areas are commonly organized, spatially extending to the outdoor through natural light.

The volume, simple and compact, is coated by an opaque ventilated façade made of prefabricated black textured concrete panels on its public surfaces, whilst its interior walls, facing the private patio, are fully open through their transparency.

The background scenery of the courtyard and garden is framed by the “memory wall”, built out of stones from the demolition of pre-existence.

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