Pure & Bare Architecture. A Residence In Melides, Portugal by Manuel Aires Mateus And SIA Arquitectura

IMG_1971.JPGIMG_1969.JPG

IMG_1972.JPG

IMG_1970.JPG

IMG_1974.JPG

IMG_1976.JPG

IMG_1973.JPG

IMG_1975.JPG

IMG_1983.JPG

IMG_1981.JPG

IMG_1984.JPG

IMG_1982.JPG

IMG_1977.JPG

IMG_1980.JPG

IMG_1979.JPG

IMG_1978.JPG

IMG_1986.JPG

IMG_1988.JPG

IMG_1985.JPG

IMG_1987.JPG

IMG_1989.JPG

IMG_1990.JPG

Architecture photographer Fernando Guerra has shared with us his recent work on a fantastic country house designed and constructed by architects Ana Cravino and Inês Cordovil (founding members of Lisbon-based SIA Arquitectura Studio) in collaboration with acclaimed Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus (of the award-winning Aires Mateus Studio). Situated near the small town of Melides, the residence is set atop a hill overlooking the Quinta da Fontinha (Fontinha Estate), and was conceived as a lookout or observation post – in a way reminiscent of the mansions built in medieval times by landlords and princes throughout the Mediterranean region to oversee their vast agricultural estates.
Built around a central terrace looking out towards the Atlantic, the house includes three bedrooms, a kitchen with adjoined living room area, and a swimming pool, while an additional living room and two storage areas occupy the lower floor. The house was designed as one seamless space, with the central terrace functioning as a common area out to which all rooms have an opening – another feature that is typical of traditional Mediterranean houses. In a contemporary twist characteristic of the work of Aires Mateus, the building’s four main volumes are trapezoidal in shape which subtly distorts their proportion, making them look bigger and longer than they actually are.

photos © Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural Photography.
Source: Yatzer.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s