the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Portugal
  5. Aires Mateus
  6. 2011
  7. House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus

House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus

  • 03:00 - 13 April, 2016
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 © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 35

  • Colaborators

    Catarina Bello
  • Enginering

    Betar, Ecoserviços
  • Constructor

    Manuel Mateus Frazão
  • Construction Coordination

    Jaime Coelho
  • More Specs Less Specs
© 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
Section 02
Section 02
© 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

View the complete gallery

About this office
Aires Mateus
Office
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
Read comments
Read comments