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ACL House / Pitagoras Group

  • 00:00 - 28 April, 2009
ACL House / Pitagoras Group
ACL House / Pitagoras Group

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Guimaraes, Portugal
  • Architect

    Pitagoras Arquitectos
  • Principals

    Fernando Seara de Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Vilhena Roque
  • Principal In Charge

    Manuel Vilhena Roque
  • Collaborators

    Cristina Lima & Francisco Oliveira
  • Promotor

    Dr. Albano Coelho Lima
  • Project Year


From the architect. The program demanded a single-story construction and the need to assure the privacy of the home, in regards to future neighbouring constructions.

The sites morphology, the presence of a strong tree mass and the desired relation with the close surroundings, in particular with the existing garden and house, set forth the design process that became consolidated by the programs extension.

The house was organized around a patio, with a clearly private character that would function as an exterior extension of its interior space.

Functionally, the house is basically composed of two bodies, one orientated East/West incorporates the social areas, the other, embodying the private areas (bedrooms) is orientated North/South.

Under the rigid geometry of the L shaped roof plane, the main element in the characterization of the buildings image and guarantor of its built unity, surge the variety and specificity of forms and materials.

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Dennis Moss Jnr · April 21, 2011

very nice, but i agree with Terry, the photos don't do it justice at all!

Uros Smolnikar · January 07, 2011

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iyass · June 27, 2009

miss van de rohe

Michael Nash · April 29, 2009

Strong influence of Craig Ellwood; CSH #16.

richie · April 29, 2009

That's good!

Bo Lucky · April 28, 2009

Nice house, well integrated with the surroundings. A bit "dry & cold" for my taste but this will change with people moving in. On the negative side:
1. It is disappointing that having so much space and light, bathrooms are so tiny and dark
2. The bedroom area has a hotel like character
3. The house works better if the kitchen and dining are together and entrance hall leads directly to the living area.

Terry Glenn Phipps · April 28, 2009

The plan is outstanding, with nods to courtyard architecture, Pierre Koenig, and the Case Study houses in general. The idea of emphasizing the horizontality of the composition with the repeating wooden fencing and shutters is good, but it is hard to tell about the execution in these photographs. Likewise, the effect of stacked planes is a good idea that seems to have been lost a little bit to a chunk of metal flashing sitting on top of the extending plan. That strikes me as a failure in planning. Again, with the materials palette the stucco seems awfully stark in comparison to the warmth of the rest of the materials.

All of this is pretty hard to say because the photos are horrendous. The main photo gives a nice impression going in and the rest of the photos are just snapshots, and terrible representations of this architecture.

Studios like this, that are growing and promoting themselves, especially by using blogs would be so well served by working with decent architectural photographers. It makes all of the difference in the world.

Terry Glenn Phipps

tatomillanta · April 28, 2009

i like the use of the materials


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