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House in Melides / Pedro Reis

  • 01:00 - 29 June, 2011
House in Melides / Pedro Reis
House in Melides / Pedro Reis, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melides, Grândola, Portugal
  • Collaborators

    Isabel Silvestre and Tiago Tomás
  • Structure

    ARA - Alves Rodrigues & Associados Lda
  • Hvac

    ACRIBIA - Projectos e Desenho Técnico Lda
  • Electricity, Telecommunications And Security

    ACRIBIA - Projectos e Desenho Técnico Lda
  • Area

    344.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The house in Melides, on the southern Alentejo Coast, by Pedro Reis, represents the desire for a holiday house as a getaway from the bustle of a big city. The client made the unusual decision to have an architectural competition between three distinct ateliers, allowing a choice from a wider range of possible solutions. This winning proposal presents a reading of the “drama” of the natural countryside, building it on top of a steep hill relatively protected by the surrounding “rugged topography”.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Inhabiting this site means “founding a place” by means of a “strong geometric imprint”, achieved by two volumes overlapping in the shape of a “cross”. The aim of this dialectic strategy is not just to reduce the “scale and presence” of the construction, but also to “split” the programme into two areas, one more “exuberant” and exposed and the other more “intimate” and contained. If the light upper volume recalls the synthetic image of the modern house, with large glass areas open to the scenic countryside, the “anchored” lower volume, clad with sheets of earth-coloured concrete, pre-fabricated in situ, sits on the ground, giving support and stability to the house. 

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

In terms of programmatic organisation, the “suspended” upper volume concentrates the main spaces, defining the “minimum housing unit”, while the lower volume acts as an “expansion zone”, hosting more intimate areas or service areas, allowing increased occupation. The kitchen, as the centre of the home, takes on paramount importance here, acting as the crossing-point for all movements: entering, going through the inside and moving out into the garden, with the long pergola providing shade and a water tank reflecting the pine trees, set under the house into the main bedroom. The experience of this house aims to concentrate on its essence, on being inside and out, on contemplating and lingering, highlighting a enjoyable sense of living, close to the amenities of urban life.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Cite: "House in Melides / Pedro Reis" 29 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/108648/house-in-melides-pedro-reis/>
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103 Comments

thomas becker · October 25, 2012

Incredible!
The cut in the landscape. The material of the basement and the pool with connection to the bathroom. The movement inside the house.
Just perfekt!

Simon Collingwood · July 16, 2012

@outcasteditions Details here http://t.co/DamWMWbp

mmmh... · January 17, 2012

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LaTiAcArMi_designing · November 25, 2011

Simple en mig de la muntanya! senzillament genial!!!
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Pepeng · November 25, 2011

Minimalis ,modern dan elegan. Cocok untuk yg suka mewah (mepet sawah) http://t.co/YRRCWYVg http://t.co/sVmP6u1f

Mihai Toader-Pasti · November 25, 2011

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Luis Gallardo · November 25, 2011

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Olaf Grossbaf · November 25, 2011

http://t.co/bMQGv4nK Nice :) #architecture #Portugal

Edgar Olivas · November 25, 2011

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Centurión Bertorello · July 01, 2011

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Jaime Castillo · July 01, 2011

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Helge Sman · July 01, 2011

Wowww. Wat een rust. http://t.co/bPMZ6mJ

Stacy Renecke · June 30, 2011

Love it! #architecture RT @Carlisle_nufc http://bit.ly/keafff I absolutely love this, its so sick & simple

Douglas Clark · June 30, 2011

I want to live here! http://t.co/TSlDex0 @archdaily

Douglas Clark · June 30, 2011

@petervalcarcel I like that house, but I wish they&#39d do something about the ditch in front of it! http://t.co/TSlDex0

Peter Valcarcel · June 30, 2011

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Travel Writer · June 30, 2011

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linetrio · June 30, 2011

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Nuno · June 30, 2011

This project competes with Marcio Kogan's design. Being a great fan of Marcio's houses, I must admit this house takes simplicity/complexity to the limits. Well done.

frank · June 30, 2011

if you want to see different and new shapes you can
always turn the windows screensaver on.

Mercedes Fuchs · June 30, 2011
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ExpArch · June 30, 2011

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Carlisle · June 30, 2011

http://bit.ly/keafff I absolutely love this, its so sick & simple

Matteo Stauffacher · June 30, 2011

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thomas foral · June 30, 2011

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Jose Pico · June 30, 2011

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Talice Tosar Arq. · June 30, 2011

Casa en montañas de Portugal. Dos volúmenes puros en cruz. Uno liviano vuela sobre el vol base. Propuesta muy pura! http://t.co/ffxBP8r

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ariana roberts · June 30, 2011

i aggree: it's boring. it says a lot when the landscape is more eye-grabbing.

Jonathan Bowman · June 30, 2011

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Piropos · June 30, 2011

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Andrew · June 30, 2011

The criticism of this house in previous comments seems based on not entertaining it's internet audience, rather than whether it fulfils it's brief of being architecture or not.

I think too much architecture is being specifically designed for publicity, and so in that sense this house is refreshing. It's humble, it's a city retreat.

Creativity is not just form making, in this case it's melting the complexities of site, client, brief into a simple and sensible programme. I think it achieves that very well.

archi · June 30, 2011

If you can't see the innovations in this house then you need to go back to architecture school - a good one.

Edgar Ferreira · June 29, 2011

Não é preciso grandes Curvas , ou geometrias para se fazer arquitectura, a ideia de se querer criar grandes obras, com todos os materiais e técnicas construtivas existentes no mercado só faz que com o passar do tempo se tornem em "Mausoléus" descontextualizados, em regra geral a beleza está na simplicidade do "todo", complexidade e qualidade de pormenores que por vezes não estão visíveis no 1º contacto e materiais .

Gostei Muito.

Parabéns.

Maximiliano Michel · June 21, 2011

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bruno · June 21, 2011

some idiot messed up these comments
great house

yuji haniyuda · June 21, 2011

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architecture3s · April 02, 2011

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sofiatessa · April 01, 2011

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Magnus Strom · April 01, 2011

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BearLunch · March 10, 2011

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Phonh · February 17, 2011

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Le standardiste · February 16, 2011

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Érico Oliveira · February 16, 2011

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mauro parolo · February 15, 2011

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thesixthbaron · February 15, 2011

Alright, that&#39s it, I&#39m moving to Portugal: http://bit.ly/gBZqW5 #imserious

neringa · February 15, 2011

I would really love to see the details of this roof. There must be an immense amount of work put in this.

Archreviewer · June 30, 2011 02:00 PM

Excellent observation neringa! The roof does indeed look very tricky - the material wraps up over the edges without any seams.

It reminds me of J. Mayer H. - look at his Mensa project on his website. I saw a lecture by him a few years ago and he was using a new, expensive product that allowed him to coat the whole building in a waterproof layer without looking for a roof connection detail. He mentioned that the final photos looked like renders because of this...

jat · February 15, 2011 08:19 AM

quiro hacer una casa como esta que opinan
me agrada mucho la sensación de limpieza y amplitud que puede obtenerse con este concepto

João CM · February 14, 2011

Strong concept.
Integrated cross resulted in one volume that rises from the earth (service areas) and the other that falls from the sky (the main house).
Also a magic swimming pool.
Congrats

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Inês Fernandes · February 09, 2011

SUBLIME

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vivipatriajaya · February 08, 2011

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Karl Sinfield · February 08, 2011

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Aleksandar D. Rodic · February 08, 2011

The house is simply beautifull ! Bravo !

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Andreas Haab · February 08, 2011

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Orbelin Priego · February 08, 2011

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archilocus · February 07, 2011

A lot of efforts put in the details, less in the architecture. It's a cliché of those attractive contemporary houses, like the ones you find in "architecture for dummies" magazines.
50 stairs, 4 out of 5 bedrooms built in a garage, a huge and useless terrace you can't access...
Oh ! one great thing: the photographs.

fred-do · February 07, 2011 11:36 PM

totalmente de acuerdo

architect · February 07, 2011

i don't think i am.
they are uninspiring.

Lucas · February 07, 2011

Yeah it looks kinda pretty, but have we not seen this a zillion times before? Any minimalist architect can design a house like this in about 20 minutes... How about something new? Of course that a bit more difficult, and takes more time!

architect · February 07, 2011

well executed.
but absolutely boring and generic. no creativity.

Meta_ Archi · February 07, 2011

Very clean, simple and nice!

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