House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos

House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves + 45

Estoril, Portugal
  • Architects: Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 452.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014
  • Photographs photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
  • Construction company

  • Landscaping

    Ricardo Moreno
  • Structure

  • Special Installations

  • Site Area

    541 m2
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© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Text description provided by the architects. In this 1923 year old house renovation project, the Architect Ricardo Moreno was faced with one of the most dificult tasks an Architect may have, to develop the design and construction of its own home.

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

In this House there was the concern to preserve the outer walls. This project intents to establish a sense of freedom considering the constraints of the existing house, seeking to recognize and identify the history and contemporary values as a bridge between two moments in time.

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

The entrance floor, to the common areas, is shown by a wooden volume that alocates and defines the program. The Living Room, the Kitchen and the Office. In that same volume the steps are carved to give access to other white volumes, suspended overhead, where the private areas are located. The introduction of these new volumes, that define the interior spaces of the house, accentuate the new intervention, iluminated by the windows of the old facade.

Section, Elevation
Section, Elevation

This work was a challenge and intent to understand the techniques and materials of the time, mandatory in this kind of construction. The outer walls, built of handmadebrick and stone mansory, were covered with lime-sand mortar, mixed with shredded cork in order to improve the thermal factor, to adjust the interior humidity to levels of human comfort, allowing the walls to ‘breath’ and being permeable to water steam. Thus, there was a concern to use natural ecological materials, totally recyclable and of low energy consumptation in the production process. In short, this is not only a sensible and conscious operation regarding the characteristics and conservation of the existing house, but also the introduction of a program that underlines and enhances the poetic and historic side enabling a communication with this new intervention.

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

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Cite: "House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos" 19 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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