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House In Juso / ARX Portugal + Stefano Riva

  • Architects: ARX Portugal + Stefano Riva
  • Location: Aldeia de Juso, 2750 Cascais, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX Portugal + Stefano Riva
  • Design Team: Nuno Mateus, José Mateus, Stefano Riva
  • Landscape Architecture: Sara Machado
  • Engineerings: Marco Caixa, António Paiva, Fernandes, Miguel Marques
  • Contractor: Gardenblok Construções Lda
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Photographs: FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal

© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal © FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal © FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal © FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal

From the architect. In the concept for this small house in the vicinity of Aldeia de Juso, the tiniest area of flat land and the house’ s, as well as the high density of the new houses yet to be built in the surroundings, forcibly draw us to some sort of “obsession” about the possibilities of dilating space.

© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal
© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal

Underlying this question, the importance of “expanding” the outdoor space becomes a particular central aspect, since it is also a building integrated in a semi-rural area, where people go looking for the experience of inhabiting garden or open yard spaces.

© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal
© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal

We propose, after all, to solve and clarify the question, by widening to the maximum the inhabitable premises in their global scope, both in the vertical and horizontal referentials, in both interior and exterior. The building has been thus structured in three floors, spatially related in profile, each level having specific and different characteristics.

© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal
© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal

In Level -1, the areas are laid out (as the regulations so demand) under the contour of the ground level. However, this idea of “imposed limits” is to be questioned through the means of “distensions” and “advancements”, to be operated in the three possible directions (north, east and west), shaped as yards and pool.

plan 02
plan 02

In this floor there will also be included work and service areas.

plan 03
plan 03

On the ground level, the limits for the “precincts”, appears widened and defined by the walls around the lot. The inner space is freely configured. Consistent with the strategy of maximizing the presence of the gardened outdoor space, the garage is then left aside to an “inserted” area to the south of the kitchen. All the social spaces of the building are located on this floor.

© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal
© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal

On the upper floor resides what is the most significant expression of this project. Until the maximum limits allowed by the regulations, was shaped a kind of enclosure of opaque lines encompassing the bedrooms and their respective yards, thus expanding the enjoyable areas and protecting their necessary intimacy.

On the roof level, an accessible terrace finally liberates the eye over a 360º view of the surrounding houses, the sea or the beautiful mountains of Sintra.

© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal
© FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura; ARX Portugal
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