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House in Grândola

Portuguese Residential Building – design by ARX Portugal, architects

9 Feb 2010

House in Grândola

Design: ARX Portugal, Architects

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Images © DMF, Lisbon (Rights Reserved)

Grândola, the place for which we designed this project is a town we have always loved. Our grandparents and our mother were born here and we always go back there with siblings in the summer. Although the town has fine and abundant specimens of popular Alentejo architecture, the allotment where the House in Grândola is grounded is recent and peripheral, its urbanization is dense and most of it is pretentious and displaced.

The owners, Ângela e Carlos go far back to our childhood longlasting friendships.
The project evolved naturally, progressively, in short but strong steps. We started out from a frame of quite restrict programmatic data: number of rooms, living-room, kitchen, respective areas.

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Alongside all this, a recurring and assuring suggestion transferring the doubt onto the architect: “make like you were making your own”.

We intended the exterior of the house to be simple and precise: compact, partially introverted, and assuring privacy in an area characterized by the close proximity of other buildings.

The house deals with the surroundings with both a circumstantial “mistrust” and a circumstantial “empathy”. From the traditional Alentejo architecture, besides the solid white volume, it retains only some traces or topics. If weight and tectonic sense impose themselves, lightness and delicateness disappear. In the interior one finds the patio, an “absent” cube, both exterior and the centre of the house.

Unexpectedly, one finds light, warmth, comfort, privacy, space and the transparency that the small and opaque outside volume seems to hide.

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House in Grândola – Building Information

Address: Grândola, Portugal
Project: 1999
Construction: 2000-01
Architecture: ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda. – José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
Work Team: Paulo Rocha, Isabel Gorjão Henriques
Gross Construction Area: 220 m2

Photography: Daniel Malhão, © DMF, Lisbon (Rights Reserved)

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Location: Grândola, Portugal

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