House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus

House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG+ 35

Alcobaça, Portugal
  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  475
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Photographs Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: panoramah!®, Jofebar
  • Colaborators:Catarina Bello
  • Enginering:Betar, Ecoserviços
  • Constructor:Manuel Mateus Frazão
  • Construction Coordination:Jaime Coelho
  • City:Alcobaça
  • Country:Portugal
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© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Text description provided by the architects. The house designed in the historical center of Alcobaça is a record of overlapping times: A small building reconstructed to perpetuate the vernacular common scale, and a wall thoroughly shaped to house the quiet extension.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

On the existing building a void is created managing the thickness of the peripheral walls. An absence of space is freed collecting luminosity from a skylight that grants a private and protected atmosphere. The compartments appear as internal additions, connected to the exterior through reinterpreted windows in the façades, but proposing an unexpected internal space.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The extension of the house takes the difference between two levels: The street level and the garden that is generated with the river Baça. The form of the new wall defines courtyards that mediate the contemplation to the exterior. The social areas, work as a spatial continuum that spread through the two times of the intervention.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Cite: "House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus" 13 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785384/house-in-alcobaca-manuel-and-francisco-aires-mateus> ISSN 0719-8884
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