The house for the architect himself, a delicacy of volumes, and the sense of scale searching the light in an intricate site, are the defining elements.
The house is located in the central area of Estarreja, a small town that developed at the expense of industry, despite the proximity of the sea. The urban area isnt very dense considering that is a central area, this street is a mix of private and collective housing. The specific location makes the transition from villas to 4-storey buildings.
The width of the terrain and the access road at north, defined the implementation proposal. Quickly the objectives have been realized, the garage in front of the house at north and the need of protection from the building sit at west to ensure privacy.
The house looking for the light, in fact lives by the light, turning to the back garden, were the relationship indoor/outdoor prevails, omitted from the street, contrast with the closed volumes oriented north. Each space is invaded by the light you want. This is a fundamental element if not the principal for the author each space must have a single ambiance, not the easy drown in to ligth.
The relationship of the volumes is subtle, touching each other gently. The "pala" that ensures the parallelism to the street, protects the garage, were the wood tones carries on a nature trip away from the confusion that we live here, and "luckily" some kind of color integration.
Here the architecture lives and breath without artificiality or merely aesthetic elements. Here certainly form follows function.
photography: bruno oliveira aerial photography: a4k.pt