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Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

  • 01:00 - 27 September, 2011
Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza
Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra +54

  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Location

    Lugar das Carvalhinhas - Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Services

    GOP
  • Landscape

    Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
  • Client

    Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
  • Contractor

    Óscar Gouveia
  • Materials

    Concrete
  • Site Area

    1000 m2
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

From the architect. This project is located on a site, with an area of around 1000m2, in Lugar das Carvalhinhas - Alvite, Cerva Parish, Ribeira da Pena Commune, Vila Real District.
The project consists of a holiday home with three bedrooms, a social bathroom, a living room, a dinning room, a small kitchen with a support washbasin, pantry, and even a small outdoor swimming pool.
The terrain is sharply inclined and has a particular configuration: it is very long and narrow. However, the fact that it faces south allows it to receive optimal solar exposure and to enjoy a particular natural view. The living area does not exceed 180m2.

section 02
section 02

For reasons of functionality and integration, it was opted to organize the main entrance based on the street where car transit was possible. This road leads to the northern higher part of the lot. Nevertheless, it is possible to access the house from a more rustic footpath from the south. Its fragmentation, necessary due to the steep topography, transforms the whole into a composition of small linked and interconnected volumes, creating an unevenness that allows for a more secure and rational use of the lot. In this way the house's various functions are clarified with each elevation corresponding to a single compartment. The roof functions simultaneously as pavement support for the gardens: similar to the traditional threshing floors and patios in the northern regions of the country with hilly terrain.

general plans
general plans

With a linear position at the center of the lot, an attempt was made to preserve all the pre-existing trees, as they maintain a strong presence in the area, as well as to preserve continuity with the immediate surroundings and to ensure its original characteristics. The form resulting from a rigorous, modular geometric abstraction establishes the necessary rotation of certain modules to adapt to the natural morphology of the terrain, respecting the distance from neighboring regulation walls, thus appearing to move naturally and with absolute freedom.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The terrain's instability together with modest economic resources gave rise to a house with triple function: the home itself and its interior space; the organization of outdoor leveled patios corresponding to the roofs of various levels which permit the outdoor use of the garden; and finally, the creation of a pedestrian link between the paths of the upper and lower levels that border this lot. In this way the house itself is a path. Its form organizes a fundamental outdoor route. The exterior stairs that create a link between the patios mirror the interior stairs that have the same function of linking the designed compartments that are also developed through levels. In this way, the exterior stairs correspond to the interior ceilings.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Although this project presents an extreme unit in its language, from the four quadrants, its image varies completely. It expresses its entire volumetry to the southeast, and in a different way to the northeast. It is radically contextualized in the northwest and southwest quadrants. It is neither horizontal nor vertical architecture. Its location on the lot results in a slanting architecture.
The necessity of partially burying the house comes from lack of economic means, and in this way creates positive thermal behavior and security. The outdoor patios solidly adapt, establishing a direct link to the garden, and the house is naturally unified with the terrain. The choice of exposed concrete creates an idea like that of massive stones appearing naturally on the site. In this way, expressiveness is extracted from a continuous structure of reinforced concrete, the most efficient on the lot with these characteristics, and once again making optimum use of the modest economic resources available.

Paving stones of reinforced concrete will also be constructed, creating an air space between these and the lot, which is fundamental for guaranteeing decent waterproofing and improved thermal behavior in the terrain with such an elevated water table. The reinforced concrete walls will contain an exterior finishing with special formwork, its stereotomy having been designed. PVC canvases will waterproof foundations, walls, and roofs.
The roofing will be covered with thermal insulation and prefabricated, anti-slip tiles. Some patios will be filled with humus for a grass plane. The few non-resistant walls will be built in cement blocks filled with sand. These will be plastered, coated and painted white in the interiors.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The interior floors, doors, and baseboards are in wood, except in the water areas. The exterior doors and windows are in metal, which are double-pained for improved thermal and acoustic insulation.
The photographic references are relative to the site on the internet: http://www.fernandoguerra.com/tolo/
For publishing them, you should contact the photographer Fernando Guerra.

Cite: "Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza" 27 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/893/tolo-house-alvaro-leite-siza/>
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clement · October 09, 2012

do someone know how i can get the scales of the plans?
Thanks a lot :)

Mohd. Izzul Islam · April 10, 2012

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Abdulkadir Tekin · October 20, 2011

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Burcu. · October 20, 2011

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B · October 12, 2011

i don&#39t get it RT @HishamAssi: #Architecture #jordan #Amman A wonderful house by the great alvaro siza http://t.co/BmGircq0 Tolo House

Heesh Assi · October 12, 2011

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Yngve Hauge · October 04, 2011

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Antonio Abreu · October 04, 2011

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bluevertical · October 04, 2011

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MUSASHIYU · September 30, 2011

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maxfase · September 29, 2011

this tolo "house" novel should be something like:

(mum): "sweety, lunch is ready, could you please call your brother? his upstairs.."

(kid): "watta f..."

(mum): "..."

Murat Parlak · September 29, 2011

Baban Alvaro Siza&#39ysa i?in zor :), o?ul Siza&#39 n?n bu projesini görmemi?tim... http://t.co/fhO7umfb

Ruffay · September 29, 2011

a case study house!
A work for the navel!

Tolo is the cousin of Siza junior (which gave him total freedom to create),Amazingly is cousin, has a disabled child on a wellchair.
So the house was for sale (300,000€)
right after he saw it.

the same architect says that archittecture is not sculpture and the building has to be funcional...

in my humble opinion I like it, but wouldn´t live on it.
it´s a space where i would like to go sometimes...but living is diferent...

Hazar De?irmenci · September 28, 2011

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Zoheir AYAD · September 28, 2011

you can feel the touch of a master!

Ziya Aslan · September 28, 2011

an excellent design.... cong. :)

mauro parolo · September 28, 2011

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RENarch · September 28, 2011

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Duy Hoa Su · September 28, 2011

very good

Adarsha · September 28, 2011

Too good. Brilliantly executed..

Carolina Bracho · September 28, 2011

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J · September 28, 2011

The author of this project is not the master Alvaro Siza Vieira but is son, Alvaro Leite Siza.

David Stancu · September 28, 2011

one of the best houses yet: http://t.co/rOwcteB1

GAby Menta · September 28, 2011

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Tailini Caminha · September 28, 2011

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Nicholas Patten · September 28, 2011

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adi · April 07, 2011

GOD I LOVE THIS PROJECT !!!!

Art & Architecture · March 31, 2011

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suburbanrambler · December 06, 2010

siza does well/ Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza | ArchDaily http://t.co/1hOvMlt via @archdaily

??? · November 23, 2010

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Isabel Barros · October 23, 2010

@architectmark There&#39s a great example of non compliance with Portuguese Build. Regulations http://is.gd/gd2Vm

Olga Beskorovainaya · October 11, 2010

Alvaro Leite Siza, Tolo House http://www.archdaily.com/893/t... ? I really love this house ?

Angela Carr · May 20, 2010

@McGahonArchtcts Interesting - I didn&#39t think of the Dominic Stevens house but it did remind me of this: http://bit.ly/cQsAGT

AdamS · April 20, 2010

Although I don't have extensive knowledge in the field, the creation of space and use of material in the Tolo House is very similar to many of Tadao Ando's works.
Correct me in I'm wrong.

bluevertical · February 19, 2010

Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza http://bit.ly/1IqjxH #architecture #interiordesign #design #minimalism *briliant!

????????? ??????? · October 22, 2009

? ??????????? ????????????? ???????? ??? ??? ??????????? ????????? ???? ????? - ?????? ??????? ? ?? ??????

Andrew Geber · October 11, 2009

wow, i mean wow
this is a love or hate design thats for sure

Peter · September 24, 2009

Siza´s "face"... Ulgy and boring!

Ulises · May 15, 2009

This house, is one of my personal favorites. Thanks Archdaily.

maxfase · March 05, 2009

absolutely CRAP. waste of space, waste of money, waste of concrete. I even cannot believe there are so many architects loving this stuff! do u know anything about comfort? ...

mahtiam · January 01, 2009

tolo house is so fantastic.i am designing my tesis at the same situation & i have learned a lot of points from alvaro siza.thx.?? ??? ? ???????? ???? ??? ??? ?? ????? ?? ???

mahtiam · January 01, 2009

tolo house is so fantastic.i am designing my tesis at the same situation & i have learned a lot of points from alvaro siza.thx.

dutilleul · September 28, 2011 02:54 AM

The author of this project is not Alvaro Siza but is son.

negin · September 17, 2008

I translate this article to persian,and thats very intresting for me.i very enjoyed,thats nice..........."c'est magnifique"

saba · September 30, 2010 10:49 AM

hi negin
im looking for a persian article about this fantastic house but i cant find it...

can you help me?

ania · September 09, 2008

god, it's beautiful....

justkech · September 02, 2008

This house is really fantastic. The way the slope is treated and relatioship between spaces connected by series of stairs that are well articulated!... man i loved it!.

Arild Tolo · June 25, 2008

Nice house.

Sincerely

Arild Tolo

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