Y House / Jorge Sousa Santos


Architect: Jorge Sousa Santos
Location: Arelho, Óbidos, Portugal
Client: Telmo Faria
Project year: 2003
Construction year: 2006
Photographs: FG + SG, Sergio Guerra

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This house is a vision device. A system that rules the way the inhabitant sees the outside world and simultaneously frames the way the outside sees the dwellers. The design of this object was focused on this theme. The big curved window is this statement vortex, it creates a visual path that, like a camera traveling, reveal the image of the landscape.


The programmatic development of the house reflects the classic bourgeois organization promoting the clear division of rest areas leisure areas and work areas. This division creates tree limbs that are united by this design morphing that develop the two big windows of the living room.


The idea of landscape as an image and its importance in the domestic living were the main design focus of this scheme.

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