HOUSE IN MARTINHAL

House in Martinhal , is designed by  Lisbon based ARX  Portugal Arquitectos firm. A minimal white house with  impressive volume and beautiful marble details .

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography.

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL


House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography.

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

A description by the architects:

This house is located in Martinhal, a touristic urbanization near Sagres. This is a fairly unbuilt Algarve seacoast, probably due to its aggressive windy weather. Like in the rest of the country, here finally landed instant touristic villages of rustic and traditional-like houses, claiming to be “portuguese architecture”, to please and sell to foreign tourists. The homogeneity of these urbanizations along the country, when compared to the local variety and richeness of popular portuguese architecture, strikes us as a colonizer typology, unknown, mistaken and groundless.

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography.

This house project was developed on the strict respect to the rules of the urbanization master-plan, in its distances to the lot limits, footprint, gross construction surface and volumetric zoning. The longest and higher volume is located on the north side, shaping a quiet marble patio, protected from dominant winds. The lower volume of the bedrooms faces the road creating an “L” shaped house, while providing more privacy to the swimming-pool patio.

Inside-outside spatial relationships are articulated through the tiled court-yards, protecting the large glazed windows from the strong direct sun light, while filtering and reframing fragments on untouched landscape. On the exterior, the house life leans over the nearby valley. The white house with flat roofs, recovers ancient local architectural typologies, where fruits and fish were dried on terraces, a feature that touristic developments seem to forget.

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography.

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography.

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos . Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos.Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography

MINIMAL HOUSE IN PORTUGAL

House in Martinhal by ARX Arquitectos. Photo © FG+SG | architectural photography

Credits

Distinguished with the  International Architecture Awards 2008 – Chicago Athenaeum

Location

Sagres
Portugal

Project

2002 – 03

Construction

2005 – 07

Architecture

ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda.
José Mateus
Nuno Mateus

Structures

SAFRE, Projectos e Estudos de Engenharia Lda.

Contractor

SCFS

Fotografia

FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura

Fotografia : Fernando Guerra  |  Produção Fotográfica : Sérgio Guerra
® copyright

Area

320  sqm

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