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Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 6 January, 2015
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos
Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Authors

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Monteiro
  • Project Team

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

    320 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Stability and Infrastructure

    Ricardo Pacheco, Tiago Costa
  • Contractor

    Empreiteiro Victor M. Brasil Pacheco
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© Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

Text description provided by the architects. From a remainder stone wall of an old construction pops up a contemporary house handing over to the sea. Indeed, this new volume was designed to improve its urban grid where is settled. The housing deterioration, seen at the neighboring, contrasts with the new volume, creating a relationship between the house and the surroundings. Unquestionably, the house improves its urban environment, as well as takes advantage of the sea views.

© Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

The proposal volumetric object is a result, therefore, from the sea views, contrasting with the main’s street opaque façade, together with the function program given by the client.


The elevation disparity from the Main Street to the Avenue creates a semi buried floor dedicated to the technical areas which has a direct connection to the Avenue that merges the ocean. The function splits into two levels: while the ground floor which connects to the main street is devoted to the social areas, the first floor is reserved for the private areas.

© Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart

Thus, the dwelling exploits its relation with the environment, not just from its special volume, but also given by the clean design, textures and materials, particularly the basalt stone, native to this volcanic islands with the concrete, in addition to the long glasses.

Floor Plan 03
Floor Plan 03

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Cite: "Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos " [Casa na Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos ] 06 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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