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Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier

  • 01:00 - 12 September, 2014
Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier
Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sargaçal, 8600 Lagos, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Mário Martins
  • Team

    Sónia Fialho; Filipa Santos; Sónia Santos; Rui Duarte; José Cabrita
  • Year

    2013
Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

From the architect. The design of this new house was based on a pre-existing, somewhat uninteresting construction which was not fit for habitation, although it did have interesting stone walls.

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

The main floor of the house sits on a stone wall, on the upper part of the land.  This has three bedrooms and an office which is reached through a generously lit corridor.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

A lower space rises naturally from the natural characteristics of the physical support, "sandwiched" by the stone wall, where there is the main entrance to a full-height area, with a living room next to an open kitchen.  This communal area opens out to a glass wall that goes down to the ground with a view of the countryside, which still has a rural atmosphere.

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

The house has been redesigned with a contemporary language, but using a scale, forms, elements and materials present in the local architecture.  The intention is primarily to reach a compromise between the vernacular architecture and a modern design, which is simple with a quiet presence and where the natural vegetation, of almond and carob trees typical of the Algarve countryside, predominates.

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

And so the forms are discreet and the materials are natural:  the stone on the walls and all the floors, the visible concrete and the white walls that reflect the intense and constant Algarve sun.

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
Cite: "Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier" [Casa da Malaca / Mario Martins Atelier] 12 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/544390/malaca-house-mario-martins-atelier/>
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