House in Ovar – New Portuguese Property

Ovar House, Residential Architecture Portugal, New Portuguese Residence

House in Ovar, Portugal : New Portuguese Property

Northern Portuguese Home – design by Paula Santos

9 Jul 2012

New House in Ovar

Location: south of Porto, north western Portugal

Design: Paula Santos Arquitectos

Photos: Nelson Garrido

House in Ovar, Portugal
photograph : Nelson Garrido

House in Ovar

The house at Ovar, Portugal, is an exercise where we stretched to the limit a number of ideas and concepts for a long time already contained in other projects, which had never been put in place. It is also – and above all – a project, which allows for thinking with other people about their own way of inhabiting a dwelling.

House in Ovar
photograph : Nelson Garrido

The large-scale project, covering 680m2, to be located on not very stable sandy soil allowed us to ponder the house as an object which develops in a continuum. The need to design the main programme of the house as a ground floor meant that the difference between spaces was implemented by means of variable heights in geometric forms: in respect of their importance and meaning, the most expressive areas such as the swimming pool and the painter’s studio or the body of the entrance from the street acquire more expressive and more elevated forms.

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photographs : Nelson Garrido

The idea for the object in concrete, a traditionally sculptable material, appears implicit in this concept, designing the elevations with level and sloping surfaces up to the coverage. The length of the corridor is used to distribute the desired functions and large areas, further creating clipping plan, which allow for a relation with landscape, with the various wooded areas to be constructed suggesting outdoor leisure.

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photographs : Nelson Garrido

House in Ovar – Building Information

Client: Laura Malaquias, Carlos Mendonça
Architecture: Paula Santos
Collaboration: Joana Machado, Nuno Silva, Vasco Novais, Ana Renata Pinho
Foundations and structures: AFA Consult, Carlos Quinaz
Electrical installations, safety, communications: AFA Consult, Raul Serafim
Mechanical equipment, heating, gas: AFA Consult, Carlos Almeida
Hydraulic: AFA Consult, Susana Miranda
Landscape architecture: Victor Beiramar Diniz
Construction: Construtora do Loureiro, Lda

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photographs : Nelson Garrido

House in Ovar images / information from Joao Morgado / Marco Arraiolos

Location: Ovar, Portugal




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