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Three Courtyards House / Miguel Marcelino

  • Architects: Miguel Marcelino
  • Location: Benavente, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Miguel Marcelino
  • Collaboration: Pedro Dourado
  • Electrical Engineering: Orlando Sousa
  • Landscape Design: Ana Amaro
  • Gross Floor Area: 282 sqm
  • Gross Volume: 854 sqm
  • Building Footprint: 173 sqm
  • Site Area: 2175 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

From the architect. The plot  is located in the middle of a “montado” landscape, being the best views to the north with a lake and the skyline punctuated by cork oak trees.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The house is organized in a compact volume of two floors, complemented by three courtyards all different in size and features.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

A first large courtyard, enclosed, intimate, situates on the south side, embracing a big existing cork oak. Next to the back entrance there is another smaller patio, for service.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The third courtyard works as a key element in the relationship between home and the north side – it’s a slim space with a large horizontal opening that frames the landscape – it has an atmosphere of a "inner space outdoors”, the light is soft, by reflection on the outer wall that receives direct sunlight.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

This vertical courtyard communicates with a staircase that leads to an open terrace, the last element of the sequence of spaces, patios and atmospheres that go from more introspective and private to more open and outside.

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