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Contemporary Valonga House, Portugal

Completed in 2011, Valonga House has been designed Espinho-based Atelier Nuno Lacerda Lopes. The contemporary home can be found in Valonga, Portugal.

According to the architects: “Designed as a large volume, with the entry markedly assumed by a gap between volumes, and enhanced by a sculpture panel that follows the entire entry route, the house shuts down the street contact and opens into the site through large glazed walls.

“A rigorous metric served as the basis for the house’s design and volumetric conception. The program was conceived according to functional requirements, and adjusted to the needs of the project, ensuring through the study of light, natural ventilation and circulation, a succession of different and adapted spaces with different uses. Thus, the compartments were designed with height differences, gaps and openings of light, resulting in a multitude of volumes that relate differently. On the other hand, there was a particular concern about the limits’ dilution between interior/exterior in the room, kitchen and gym/spa, seen as an extension to the outside through large glazed surfaces, taking the maximum advantage of the site and simultaneously ensuring adequate privacy, achieved through the design of landscape architecture.

“The contemporary Portuguese property with its continuity and unity guarantes was a major factor in the choice of materials to be used. The playing role of the shadows on the facades, resulting from forward and indented volumetric ensures greater expression in the elevations design. A vertical wood structure provides the necessary shade, giving a rhythm to the whole east facade, and furthermore safeguarding the users’ privacy.

“Thus, this solution results in a strong intervention marked by the materials’ combination and sober language, that reconciles the necessary aspects of modernity in the beginning of the century and the formal assuredness and classical expression aesthetics, ensuring a continuous updating of the times.” Images courtesy of Nelson Garrido.


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 17, 2012 | Property | View comments

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