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L02CR House / ARQX Architects

  • Architects: ARQX Architects
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Architects: ARQX Architects
  • Design Team: Miguel Meirinhos, Pedro da Graça Lopes
  • Collaborators: Pedro Oliveira
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of arqx architects

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From the architect. The broken shape of the plot, as well as legal contingency, brought some difficulty to the implantation decision. 

Courtesy of arqx architects
Courtesy of arqx architects

The need for a regular space evolved to a cornered volume, larger to the front and narrowed to the back courtyard. 

Plan 01
Plan 01

The windows were ripped in the facades from inside-out, giving the best light and perspectives to spaces. 

Plan 02
Plan 02

This informal approach to the geometry of the exterior walls, as well as the broken form of the volume, contrasts with the austerity and weight of the stone that covers it.

Plan 03
Plan 03

Interior was set in a very clear hierarchy: permanence spaces (bedrooms, living rooms, dinner room and kitchen) adopt regular shapes, and dynamic spaces (circulation, bathrooms and storage) fill in the spaces in-between. 

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Courtesy of arqx architects

This sort of game of contrasts between regular/irregular, stable/dynamic and heavy/light is conducted and established by a very exhaustive work on constructive details, assuring simplicity in the building process and a sustainable life for the building.

Courtesy of arqx architects
Courtesy of arqx architects
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