ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Portugal
  5. ARX
  6. 2009
  7. House in Possanco / ARX Portugal

House in Possanco / ARX Portugal

  • 01:00 - 22 June, 2011
House in Possanco / ARX Portugal
House in Possanco / ARX Portugal, © 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 +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Possanco, 7580, Portugal
  • Architects

    ARX - José Mateus, Nuno Mateus, with Stefano Riva
  • Project Team

     Stefano Riva, Paulo Rocha
  • Structural Engineering

    SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. The cultural meeting point joining the house owners and the architects was based on their common interest: an undoubtedly contemporary architecture, but one whose nature and final expression would also be the outcome of a research of the paradigms figuring in the traditional architecture of the region, the Alentejo.

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

The implantation terrain of this small house, located in the village of Possanco, sets the transition area between the new urban strip and the protected agriculture zone.

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

An extensive northbound plain ends far away at the splendid Arrabida mountain ridge. Sparse water spots of the river Sado spreading, and the Atlantic Ocean defining the horizon complete this scenario of a bold pictorial expression.

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

The owners wanted a small vacation house that allowed a casual and relaxed enjoyment of their weekend when escaping the urban everyday stress.

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

Our minds were for so long populated by images of the so-called popular architecture, produced before the technological era. They are small houses with sometimes asymmetric roofs, with one of the two garrets longer, almost disproportionate, reinforcing the compact aspect of volumes very much committed to the land where they are built. 

elevation 01
elevation 01

These long roofs make the houses cosy during the extremely hot summers and yet sober in the winter. The presence of these houses on the Alentejo plains, allied to the whiteness of their lime painting bringing out an almost abstract figure, compose portraits of a singular and surprising beauty.

elevation 02
elevation 02

The first relevant constraint is the triangular shape of the small lot which, when applying the legal distance measures, almost does not allow any formal alternatives. 

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

Conceiving the house had still to face a paradox: the most interesting views stand to the north and not south, where the windows should be placed in their quest for light. At south there is the street, traffic and passers-by whose look inside the house owners wanted to avoid.

elevation 03
elevation 03

These two aspects ended up being the key-features of the project and the solution would end being the introduction of yet another paradigm in traditional architecture: the patio

section 01
section 01

The volume is determined in blueprint by the regulated distances. In profile, the maximum height permitted is reached by the back wall (2 floors) and the front wall, facing the street, stays with the minimum height possible (1 floor). To the passer-by, the result is a house of deformed perspective, in axonometric projection.

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

In order to receive natural light to the south, we introduced in that long plan 4 patios: a central one, one in the living-room, one in the social toillets and a final one near the children's room.

plan 01
plan 01

Almost all situated north, the windows guide the views to the amazing landscape. We explored the expressiveness of the white block and its abstract personality. 

plan 02
plan 02

The totality of the volume would be white, roofs included, where the patios resemble bluish excavations, enhancing delicately the strong character of the house. In fact, the building is done almost exclusively with the Alentejo repertoire: white matter, light-shade, thickness/mass, texture.

plan 03
plan 03

Indoors, rooms occur in between "suggestions" of the traditional two-garret volume, and variations in scale and depth transform in each chamber the atmosphere of that inner world intentionally sober. In the middle of the living-room, the kitchen-island takes on the ancient role of the fire as a centre-piece of the home, around which everything comes to place.

section 02
section 02
Cite: "House in Possanco / ARX Portugal" 22 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/145124/house-in-possanco-arx/>
Read comments

36 Comments

morita you · August 16, 2011
Bruno Bellomo · July 13, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/o27PuUR vía @archdaily

Bruno Bellomo · July 13, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/o27PuUR vía @archdaily

Arquitectura · July 09, 2011

RT @arkiasmadrid House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/0io2KSe Buen trabajo @rojkind_arq #fb @arquitec... http://bit.ly/mZzyBv

arkias arquitectura · July 09, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/0io2KSe Buen trabajo @rojkind_arq #fb @arquitectos #arquitectura

ACINTA · July 02, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX http://t.co/Hsg2BUz vía @archdaily

j.b.skywalker · June 24, 2011

????????????????????????????????????????? ? House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/FaIHhnL via @archdaily

???? · June 24, 2011

????????????????????????????????????????? ? House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/FaIHhnL via @archdaily

reino_ikem · June 24, 2011

???? House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/knIs32j via @archdaily

Andrew Walker · June 24, 2011

WOW: Absolutely stunning House in #Possanco by ARX http://bit.ly/m7ypkZ #architecture #design #geometric

up_today_arch · June 23, 2011

nice... looks exactly like paper model, sharp and clear...

Mohamed Talaia · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX http://archdai.ly/lmNxCy #architecture

Martjan den Hoed · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX: © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio GuerraArchitects: ARX - José Mateus, Nuno Mateus, wit... http://bit.ly/iQeLNX

Andrew Walker · June 23, 2011

WOW: Absolutely stunning House in #Possanco by ARX http://bit.ly/m7ypkZ #architecture #design #geometric

João Torres · June 23, 2011

Poderemos falar em estilo Siza Vieira, ou é impressão minha?House in Possanco / ARX http://zite.to/jgtO5O via @Ziteapp

Nicholas Patten · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco. http://bit.ly/jzYHJY

yuji haniyuda · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/RJaTfuZ via @archdaily

José Luís · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/pGMBPJg via @archdaily

architect · June 23, 2011
massimiliano · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/XXfcw7l via @archdaily

Nicole Kertchaval · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX - http://t.co/wF3OOpy

ARCILOOK · June 23, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/oC32dFe via @archdaily

watabetakahiro · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/kF5LQG

Carlos Di Nápoli · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX http://t.co/DxGzJm7

Eugene · June 22, 2011

Fantastic.

mmmh... · June 22, 2011

"Small" Vacation House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/Dj1cfXe via @archdaily #architecture

mmmh... · June 22, 2011

"Small" Vacation House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/Dj1cfXe via @archdaily #architecture

Erik Joya · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX: © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra Architects: ARX - José… http://goo.gl/fb/eldSd

Erik Joya · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX: © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra Architects: ARX - José… http://goo.gl/fb/eldSd

Allan · June 22, 2011

Really original one. I like the purity of it and the idea.

Niccolo Machiavelli · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/zmS2c8Z via @archdaily

daqb design · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX http://archdai.ly/lmNxCy #architecture

Angel · June 22, 2011

RT @ArchDaily House in Possanco / ARX http://t.co/V9KwfS0 #architecture

Laszlo Kiss · June 22, 2011

Now that&#39s cool, House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/EFvVAGO via @archdaily

O. ARQUITECTOS SRS · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX | ArchDaily http://t.co/aE5Vd8X via @archdaily

Piropos · June 22, 2011

House in Possanco / ARX http://archdai.ly/lmNxCy #architecture

···

Comments are closed

Read comments