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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.

Patio House in Grândola, Portugal by PROMONTORIO

 
June 29th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PROMONTORIO

The house is located on a large field of mature cork oaks and stone pines in Grandola, Alentejo, near the Atlantic coast. Typologically, it is inspired on the Portuguese rural settlements known as “montes” which were usually located in dominant places in the landscape and formed by clusters of volumes informally positioned around a courtyard.  In like manner, the concept for this house spring from the idea of a central patio, which is the main source of light and shade.  Around and against this cut-off space, adjoining volumes aggregate the more private or servicing functions of the house —bedrooms, toilets, kitchen, pantry and storage, whereas the interstitial spaces between the volumes generate the social areas, namely, the living- and dining- rooms and the study.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

  • Architects: PROMONTORIO
  • Project: Patio House
  • Location: Grandola (Alentejo), Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra/FG+SG
  • Plot Size: 14 ha
  • Gross Built Area: 436 sq.m
  • Project Status: 2004 (concept design) – 2014 (built)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

In that regard, the house works in a dialogue between opposites: on the one hand, the aggregate volumes are thick and enclosed whitewashed cells with few openings that suggest privacy and seclusion; on the other, the common areas are organic and visually linked spaces free-flowing through the serenity of the internal glass patio.  The latter offers crisscrossing views into the surrounding landscape of oak fields; a contemplative frame that, once again, creates an emphatic contrast with the tectonic presence of the white blocks.  The seeming massiveness obtained as a first impression, is ultimately dismissed, once the large sliding windows vanish into the walls and release an unexpected transparency across the whole.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra/FG+SG

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

Image Courtesy © PROMONTORIO

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