Vila Nova In Farmalicao / Arquitetura.501

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Architects: Arquitetura.501
Location: Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga,
Design Team: Hernâni Sá, Cristina Oliveira
Builder: Albersil
Structure: Traço de Concepção
Plot: 1,014 sqm
Area: 323.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Cortesia de Arquitetura.501

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Located in a small village near Vila Nova de Famalicão city, the “J.L House.” organizes itself from two functional volumes  – the social and the private ones.The design in L shape overcomes from its functional program , the framework with the surrounding landscape and most of all the excellent solar orientation.

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This shape obligates the house to turn back to the main street and neighbor, freeing space to a intimate exterior living zone, where a swimming pool, a yard, a garden and a porch appears. This last one results from the elevation of the private areas volume releasing at the same time the construction pressure in the terrain.

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The fact that the private areas are southeast and the social areas southwest orientated allows to both enjoy the excellent solar orientation, as a result of its shape,  becoming the house thermally comfortable along the whole year also due the glazing retreat relatively the façade working as a shading flap during the warmer months.

The main entry is composed by a set of landings that comes from an exterior antechamber making a well balanced distribution between the garage and the social area.

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As coating, an exterior thermal isolation system (ETICS) was considered as the most indicated for the house. In the social volume black chippedshale was used as coating which confers it a modern and avant-garde style as well as typical village house charming.

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The yards are mostly granite “pedras salgadas” coated being “IPÊ” wood used as swimming pool deck and rooms balcony floor.

First Floor Plan
Cite: "Vila Nova In Farmalicao / Arquitetura.501" 18 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Jul 2014. <>


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