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House in Macieira I / Arqu's

  • 01:00 - 22 August, 2010
House in Macieira I / Arqu's
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  • Architects

  • Location

    4755 Macieira de Rates, Portugal
  • Architects

    Arqu’s
  • Design And Project Team

    Pedro Santos and Tiago Azevedo
  • Area

    810.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. Located in a countryside area typically composed by small farms, orchards, punctuated by the forest in the background and narrow roads surrounded by handmade stone walls, this house was created to fulfill the needs of a young couple and their small children. Therefore, the entire program was arranged so that the house could be easily lived in and out, making the best of the natural surroundings, without it being too invasive. So the spaces organize themselves on a single floor making the best of solar exposure and creating paths around and in between the house.

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The site area made no room for big waste, and so did the client’s budget, who, early requested the use of local materials to keep the costs at the lowest possible and maintain the local identity using materials like pine wood, and brown schist which is very common in this region and is a regular material to be found in the old nearby constructions.

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The house shows itself through one of its three volumes first – the living room appears in front and makes the bridge between the kitchen in the back and the bedrooms volume laying aside. The living room then rotates and adjusts to the plot creating a fluid continuity on the inside, as well as it defines a simple volumetric language on the outside. On the plan, it’s a square, sectioned into the needed spaces, with a small rotation on one of them. Then a secondary path is created in the middle were an inner garden takes form becoming an important aspect on the organization of spaces.

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When one enters through the main door, all the paths become clear and the links between spaces make the best for a familiar living in harmony. The living room is served by different types of light during the day due to its orientation – in the morning, the sun appears shy through the inner garden’s window leaving only the path illuminated and the rest in a “standby” shadow; at the middle of the day the light is reflected to the inside by both the schist stone wall and the green lawn; and by the sunset, the fuzzy orange light glows on the big white wall coming through a thin window in the southwest corner. The bedroom “box” is turned south into a vine on top of a stone wall with a eucalyptus forest in the background.

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Every aspect of the construction had a simple principle – to be affordable, durable and good to look at.

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Cite: "House in Macieira I / Arqu's" 22 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/74013/house-in-macieira-i-arqus/>
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22 Comments

Manuela Nobre · May 26, 2012

I agree with kiko. Horrenda casa! Ordered by a footballer ?
Unfortunately, we can see this kind of things everywhere, in all countries. ... Even here, in Archdaily.
Of course this can not be taken as the face of modern Portuguese architecture.

Bárbara Azevedo · February 08, 2012

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Pedro Torres · September 23, 2010

For those who just criticize this work, I have only one thing to say you are a silly! I know the circumstances in which this project was developed and I can only say it's a good job. Portuguese architecture is not based on just two or three Portuguese architecture gurus such as Siza Vieira, Frederico Valsassina or other and the customers are not always rich and famous. The current reality is quite different!!! This is a simple house, made for simple people with extreme constraints on the budget. Consider for a moment before criticize others' work.

Joao · August 26, 2010

This happens sometimes in portuguese countryside and the client is normally the new rich emigrant

A good example of a portuguese architecture http://www.fvarq.com/

Michael Baugus · August 26, 2010

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José Faria · August 25, 2010

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kiko · August 23, 2010

"from Portugal" hey ... what`s that? this is not our architects standard level! For us this is terrible too!

tsktsk · August 23, 2010

Again with the horrid "architecture" from Portugal.
Do these architects pay you to be published?
If so, do not accept any more requests please.

André Amaral · August 22, 2010

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Adam · August 22, 2010

I don't hate it...I am curious though, how did they achieve that glossy effect on the kitchen wall? Is it just painted with some sort of acrylic sheet over it? Any help would be appreciated.

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What's so special about that ?

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Lucas · August 22, 2010

so bad...

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