Casas da Fonte / Materia Modular

© Orlando Fonseca
© Orlando Fonseca

Architects: Matéria Modular
Location: Alviães, Palmaz, concelho de Oliveira de Azeméis,
Project team: Adelino Pinheiro, Marco Ferreira, Maria José Matos, Pedro Ribeiro, Zita Torres
Client: ACS, Investimentos Imobiliários Lda.
Project year: 2003
Construction period: 2007-2009
Constructed area: 938,44 sqm
Photographs: Orlando Fonseca

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The houses that compose the complex Casas da Fonte (5 houses – lot 45 to lot 49) are integrated in the allotment developed in 1999 by Matéria Modular, Arquitectura Lda., for Lugar de Alviães, Freguesia de Palmaz, city of Oliveira de Azeméis.

© Orlando Fonseca
© Orlando Fonseca

Following the Urban Director Plan, the lot is included in the transition zone, which is characterized by the occupation of small volume buildings. The proposed solution fits legally both in terms of typology and use, and it involves a set of parallel volumes that define patios, which organize functionally the programmatic relations.

© Orlando Fonseca
© Orlando Fonseca

The lot develops pending towards south and sunset. To avoid big soil movements, it is made a contact of the volumes with the soil. Therefore, the edification adapts naturally to the allotment drawing and also to its infrastructures.

Cite: "Casas da Fonte / Materia Modular" 20 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Sep 2014. <>


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    hmm welll…… its gud … nothing much different.
    getting to see lot many of smiler kind .getting bored with this style .

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    this is an example of “land stewradship” serving the land not dominating it .. working with the lines and slopes of nature

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