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House in Tróia / Jorge Mealha

  • Architects: Jorge Mealha
  • Location: Clube Soltróia, plot 82, Tróia, Portugal
  • Architects: Jorge Mealha
  • Project Team: Arch. João Sítima, Arch. Luís Banazol, Arch. Pedro Pereira, Arch. Marcelo Dantas
  • Client: Private
  • Area: 207.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha Courtesy of Jorge Mealha Courtesy of Jorge Mealha Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

From the architect. For the surrounding ground, a set of virtually blank solids perform a dialectically tensioned play, searching, through scale and accentuation on the surfaces edges outlines, the emphasis on the light/shadow interplay, proposing an ever changing reading throughout the day.

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

The outline and voiding of the mass proposes an articulation of solids and wall surrounded patios, succeeding each other in the organization of a rhythmic sequence of a fluid program. The openings either of limited dimensions or placed in the interstitial spaces, in between the various solids, allow, in a quite controlled way, the fruition of chosen frames.

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

The scale, the openings and the skylights, become instruments for light capture and redirection, either diffused or of a direct nature, drawing and sprinkling with light the interior planes throughout the daylight cycle.

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

Within the inner perimeter, a sequence of horizontal and vertical interplays between the various solids, voids and outlines, create the spatial identity structure of the house.

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

With plastered blank shutters, in the same finishing as the coating of the outside walls, when shut, lead to virtually blank solids, in the pursuit of a clear reading of the format.

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
Courtesy of Jorge Mealha

Some ambiguities in the reading and definition of the containing and the contained elements inter-relations play with the observer's capacity and interest in the decoding of space and shape design.

Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
Courtesy of Jorge Mealha
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