An architectural concept about slowing down
Inspired by the simplicity and the volumes of the local architecture, this summer house of totally 270 m2 unfolds towards the rice fields and the Atlantic Ocean.
The architectural concept is about slowing down. Part of the process was to closely relate to its context considering the local features and cultural aspects of the region. The streamlined geometry, the use of different natural materials, as well as the white-washed façades all came together smoothly, strongly influenced by Comporta Style vernacular approach. Situated amongst the dunes, the site defines the layout and its forms. The spatial composition of four different gable rectilinear forms, all involving paths, terraces, and flat-covered connections, establish an organic continuity between the single-storey volume and landscape. As regards to the program, it can be divided into two parts: the right and upper core consists of the common areas, and the private area is organised by different volumes at the lower-left part of the house.
Location, Grândola, Portugal
Area, 340 m2
Year, 2017 - 2020
Architecture, Pedro Silva Lopes, Fernando Flora, Magda Rocha (in-house)
Supervision, João Paulo Branco (in-house)
Construction, Fernando Pereira Construção Civil
Landscape architecture, Pólen
Photography, Francisco Nogueira
Situated amongst the dunes, the site defines the layout and its forms.