House of the Nuns / Mário Martins Atelier

House of the Nuns / Mário Martins Atelier

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 37

Lagos, Portugal
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© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Text description provided by the architects. The house was built from scratch on the degraded space of a vehicle workshop. A new building appears behind a really massive, powerful wall that is more than a meter thick, guarding the memories of successive occupations and that now plays the role facing onto the street. The wall provides ancestral tranquility for the patio house, a common design in the surrounding area because of the long Moorish occupation.

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

In a more reserved area, there are 4 bedrooms that open onto the garden. A central patio is a pivotal point for the entrances, a source of natural light and mainly a privileged zone for socializing outdoors.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The way that was found to show the wall's character was through the contrasting lightness of the house, which hides and seeks shelter through the force of the wall. Therefore, large glass walls provide a tenuous frontier between the inside of the house and the garden patio, because all of this is the house. There are four bedrooms, a large lounge and kitchen, but there are also small, discreet patios and the large garden patio arranged around the pool. 

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

The bare concrete covers the few remaining walls to stress the sobriety of the building and articulate it with the grey finishes, as the stone of the pavements and the plaster coat of the ceilings. 

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

The rest is urban landscape, built over years and years of history in which this intervention will just be a mere passage. If it managed to add anything positive it is because the architecture is fulfilling its role. 

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

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Cite: "House of the Nuns / Mário Martins Atelier" [Casa das Freiras / Mário Martins Atelier] 01 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/952295/house-of-the-nuns-mario-martins-atelier> ISSN 0719-8884
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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