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The patio as center and mediator

In earthen tones, the transition between the construction and the landscape is harmonious, privileging tranquillity and nature.
Interior patio, ambience

A short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, silence prevails in this rural village, the surroundings of which are characterised by an extensive pine forest and a few small, scattered buildings. On approach, the slope and the natural elements prevent any overview of the plot.

The construction is composed of a single volume with a flat roof from which a mass is removed to form a central patio and around which the dwelling develops. The disposition and arrangement of this volume creates exterior spaces with greater privacy and interior spaces with varying relationships to the surroundings. Inside, the programme is organised from the north, from where the central patio is accessed, providing a visual relationship between the various parts of the house. The eastern wing is composed of the social areas, enhanced by large glass planes that overlook the terrace and swimming pool. The central and western wing hosts five suites, two of which are independent and all with a strong relationship to the surrounding area.

Interior patio, aerial view
Interior patio, detail

Location, Grândola, Portugal
Client, Private
Area, 325 m2
Phase, Built
Year, 2017 - 2021

Architecture, Fernando Flora, Madalena Wemans, Pedro Silva Lopes, Rita Sousa (in-house)
Specialties, João Paulo Branco (in-house), Espaço Civil
Supervision, Dione Mateus
Construction, Fernando Pedreiro
Measurements, Coopas
Landscape architecture, Polen Land Design, Terra Lógica
Interior design, Marta Lucena
Photography, Lourenço Teixeira de Abreu
Film, Building Pictures

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The roof is projected to different lengths according to the solar orientation, extending the interior of the dwelling to exterior spaces covered by pergolas.

Interior patio, detail

Pathways formed of wooden beams lead us to the swimming pool which, designed over a natural amphitheatre, takes advantage of the sun's exposure and invites us to reflect on the visual relationship between the space and the landscape.

Volumetric scheme
Intervention area, aerial view
Kitchen, ambience
Circulation area
Bedroom, detail
Back facade, detail
Exterior area, ambience
Back facade
Swimming pool, ambience
Swimming pool
Facade, perspective
Exterior paths
Exterior area, aerial view
Intervention area, aerial view
Living and dining room, ambience
Intervention area, aerial view