Villa Escarpa, Algarve Residential Development, New Portugal House, Portuguese Architecture
Villa Escarpa, Portugal
New Luxury Property in Praia da Luz, Lagos – design by Mario Martins architect
3 Aug 2019
Praia da Luz House
Location: Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal
Design: Mario Martins, architect
Villa Escarpa Algarve
Villa Escarpa is located near the village of Praia da Luz, in the district of Lagos, Algarve, in the South of Portugal.
A condition of the planning permission was that the new house be constructed in the space occupied by a previous building. This had little architectural or technical merit, but was located in an exceptional position on an escarpment overlooking the Algarve coastline and village of Praia da Luz.
The footprint was therefore predetermined; on a very steep slope, and exposed to the prevailing winds. Paradoxically, it is these constraints and difficulties that underpin the conceptional basis of the project.
In an architectural language, pure and contemporary, we created sheltered terraces and courtyards for outside living. These are cut from the horizontal volume which is white and highly transparent. This volume gently sits upon an exposed concrete support giving the appearance of the house floating above the landscape. The touch on the environment, which we want to preserve, is minimized and resolves the difficult balance of the building with its physical support, . This ensures a desirable visual lightness.
The house merges with a long water surface which dissects the wide living and kitchen spaces. These spaces are complimented by terraces protected from the wind, but open to the sun and impressive views. This is the social area of the house; open and fluid.
Four bedrooms are located in a private area with access from a corridor that runs alongside a central courtyard. In this private courtyard the natural light is filtered, creating an intimate and desirable space.
The lower area provides garaging and technical support.
The roof terrace accentuates the visual lightness of the floating building in its environment.
Villa Escarpa – Building Information
Project Title: Villa Escarpa
Location: Luz, Algarve, Portugal
Project / Construction: 2008-12
Architectural Project: Mario Martins
Team: Rita Rocha; Rui Duarte; Sara Glória; Sónia Santos; Fernanda Pereira; Ana Filipa Santos
Technical projects: Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda
Photography: Fernando Guerra [FG+SG]
Villa Escarpa images / information from Mario Martins
Contact the architect : Mário Martins listed on our Portuguese Architect Studios page
Location: Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve, southern Portugal
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