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Bungalows. Seven Cities / M-Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 24 December, 2014
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Bungalows. Seven Cities / M-Arquitectos
Bungalows. Seven Cities / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    9555 Sete Cidades, Portugal
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Project Coordinator

    Fernando Monteiro
  • Team

    Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa, Pedro Furtado, Diana Policarpo, Maria Melo Bento
  • Project Area

    346.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

Text description provided by the architects. The proposed intervention is based on an existing summer house located in the parish of Seven Cities. It is surrounded by steep slopes where the topography is attenuated by the bucolic atmosphere, and inserted into a poetic and predominantly rural context, where agriculture still stands out as one of the main activities with influences on the composition of the consolidated urban and architectural grid of existing buildings.

© Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

Strongly influenced by the relationship with the lake, the house was built in the nineteen fifties, it is well framed in its environment, with features clearly inspired by the traditional architecture of the Azores, including the use of local construction techniques and materials.


According to a predetermined program, the intervention is divided into four separate volumes: the existing dwelling, whose intervention translates into an express intention to rehabilitate the existing architecture, and three housing units. The volumes with a contemporary character start from the square base of the archetypal house, and four sides are intentionally deformed to control the entry of light, and completely clad in timber in order to establish an integrated relationship with the environment. The accommodations have identical program and volumes, which include a living room equipped with kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom and attic use as an area of contemplation.

© Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

We also designed a volume completely clad in wood used to store all the necessary equipment for recreational activities.


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Cite: "Bungalows. Seven Cities / M-Arquitectos " [Bungalows. Sete Cidades / M-Arquitectos ] 24 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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