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At the end of 2018, Maria Fradinho designs and builds her own office and home, on a 940 m 2 lot, located on the outskirts of Ílhavo, Portugal.The land is located "by the door" of Vista Alegre, a place beloved by the architect, whose name is due to its origin, Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory, one of the most important industries in the region, and the country. It is in this factory that the author is inspired, because "that place so requested." She seeks references in industrial architecture to materialize the dwelling as a uniform body, coated with metallic materials and where the interior is independent of its outer casing. The Arch House follows the continuity of the neighbour buildings, with the main facade ensuring the alignment with the consolidated pre-existence. However, it is stylized to allow the permeability of light and views, in a symbolic game of association with the presence of the Arch, which marks the entrance to the place of Vista Alegre. This debugging work creates the "crowning" of this facade, and assumes itself as a drawing of any child - My house! View more View full description
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