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The client required a construction of 12 vacation houses of 110sqm each. It has been done simultaneously with another one nearby and it has mainly the same program and follows the same basic principles.
The houses are disposed in a row, close to the street by a simple wall with the entrances and opened to the landscape to the south. The houses are oriented to the North (bedrooms) and to the South (living-room and kitchen). Private courtyards extend the inner spaces.
They are covered with plants, as it is often the case in the vernacular Portuguese and mediterranean architecture. Irregularly placed concrete walls partially close the southern patios that face the landscape area and ensure greater privacy.
Handcrafted materials that are mainly used in traditional Portuguese architecture are mixed together with modern materials such as aluminum window frames. The communal pool is a second volume. It is walled to ensure privacy and better fit in the landscape.
Location: Obidos, Portugal
Architects: Nuno Graca Moura – www.nunogracamoura.com
Design Team: Luísa Rosas, Cátia Bernardo, Rita Machado, Carlos Albuquerque Castro, Pedro Gonçalves
Photographs: Nuno Graça Moura