House in Foz / Sergio Koch

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© FG + SG

Architect: António Sérgio Koch
Location: Oporto, Portugal
Program: Private House
Site area: 1,275 sqm
Constructed area: 655 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: FG + SG, Sergio Guerra

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The building sit is a street corner, in a natural terrace by the sea and the occupation of that is based on the search for optimal morphology of the land as a form of resolution for the deployment proposal.

The house was constructed in the middle of the field and the entrance is made by the more favorable allotment, ie, the street perpendicular to the sea, thus avoiding a large movement of earth and conflicts with a possible connection to the sea side avenue, keeping depth look at the horizon.

Orientation East / West allows optimize natural lighting and the height of two storeys above the ground remains about the buildings that surround it.

east & west elevation
east & west elevation

The outside coating is accomplished through a ventilated facade with white Portuguese slabs Estremoz, 2,70 x1,00m, sand blasted, with the approximate height of each floor housing. This solution, ventilated façade, provides a better thermal performance and sealing the building before the “aggressiveness” of the sea air and the white , together with a slightly mirrored glass facade make it possible to “dilute” its presence in the line of homes that accompanying the promenade, thus avoiding the monolithic nature of the solution.

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The inner wall, an integral part of construction, made in granite blocks (0.12 m esp.) grey Évora, also reduce the presence of the house by creating another element of vertical transition with the maximum height of the construction, while that functional as the best natural windbreak against the strong north wind, predominantly in the region, allowing you to enjoy the garden in a more comfortable way.

ground floor plan
ground floor plan
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© FG + SG

With two floors above the threshold and one floor below, the internal distribution is perfectly stratified, the ground floor are common areas like the living room, dining room, kitchen / pantry, an office and a small toilette. First floor is occupied by the private housing. Four rooms with their own dressing areas and bathrooms.

Basement works as service areas, garage, storage rooms, technical areas and a studio that receives light through a gap that communicates with the car access to garage.

Cite: "House in Foz / Sergio Koch" 02 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • scarpasez

    I want to like it, but it comes off rather cold and sterile.

    • Tanja

      I totally agree. And I would add that space seems kind of dull because it is so predictable.

  • narkasoor

    cant we open the box ……….

  • p.yanev

    too cold…and that box ..
    but realy functional…and the elevator :)
    o..and the parking ..isn’t it too big ??

  • Rick S.

    Way too cold, way too boxy, way too formal, and certainly way too professedly expensive, for a house. Distasteful. Nouveau Riche?

  • Pedro

    I come across this house often, as i live nearby…I can confirm that this is quite poor architecture…And the interior detailing??!!SO HORRIBLE! I totally agree with the “nouveau riche” commentary… C’est le nouveaux chateau!!

    Really, really, really poor…

    • sarah geagea

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    • sarah geagea

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  • cad

    Needs more wood to balance out the stone. Landscaping too…

  • arnold

    luxury house. the interior and exterior photos are realy nice: the building looks innovative and quiet modern. I see some weak spots in this project, but anything else is realy good and logical. I like this living house.

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  • ron brenner

    Here is a modern design that comes off cold on the outside but much warmer on the inside.

  • Wargo

    Is a office box.

  • sergio de oliveira

    ….o racionalismo leva a conclusões muito rapidas e impensadas, a tecnologia e os novos materiais nos leva, os arquitetos, a seguir o pensamento do design contemporâneo e encontrar soliuções nos objetos que criamos que geram polemicas as mais diversas, dizer desta residencia ser um resultado para novo rico é muito precoce como comentário, precisamos conhecer o meio onde ela esta, a cultura de quem fez e a cultura de quem encomendou, o pré.conceito pode ser precipitado numa obra destas que tem como principios o objeto escultura, grandioso pelo seu desenho e pelo desempenho do arquiteto que o criou, quanto a ser fria precisamos saber se este tema não faz parte da proposta ou da solucitação do proprietário, a meu ver a frieza faz parte de todo o conceito do desenho desse objeto/casa.

  • Carlos

    12 photos of the west facade?
    I think the architect had no control over the customer nor the interior decorations
    For those who understand Portuguese, you can see the article done on this house in ARQUITECTARTE a magazine on architecture and design in Portugal
    (16:10 minutes).