Modern Portuguese home: Casa Sol by Atelier Data
Lisbon-based architectural practice, Atelier Data, has designed the Casa Sol project. Completed in 2014, the modern single-family home is located in Vilamoura, Loulé, Portugal.
The architecture project focused on an existing building dating from the 80 that was in much need of TLC and bringing up to date. The architects project included and expansion and adaptation the the building.
Casa Sol’s concept
According to the architects: “Volumetrically, the project tries to introduce greater clarity to the constructed object by correcting some alignments and reinforcing the ‘L’ configuration that the building originally held.
“The new configuration is achieved through new volumes that are attached to the existing building in the continuity of existing plans and replicating the geometry of coverage plans, but distinguishing itself through its singular materiality.
“The combination of the initial construction masonry plans and the exposed concrete plans allow us to identify the different “times” of the house, combining pre-existing structure with the recent intervention, which are intended to build new spatial relations and new programmatic commitments.
“These new ‘bodies’ enabled simultaneously to articulate the connection that the house establishes with the streets, which is closed, and with the garden, which is opened.’
According to the architects: “Functionally, the programme is distributed on one floor only. The hall operates as a ‘kneecap’ from which the two major areas are distinguished – social area on the left wing and the access to the rooms that develops threading the entrance area.
“The area corresponding to the social interior design programme includes the kitchen, the dining room, the living room and the large porch that relates directly to the pool.
“The extension of the pool supports the visual relationship between the living room and the water level while enhancing the connection between the building and the pool around which is located the large outdoor living area.
“The more restricted area results from linear distribution of three bedrooms, the last being the master bedroom of the house, where a new volume receives the toilet, dressing room and a small patio between them, responsible for lighting and ventilation in these two spaces.
“Still in the entrance area the office/library allows to open or close itself, compressing or dilating this area, with it being possible, in the future, to integrate it in the bedroom wing.
“In synthesis, the design strategy adopted results of the combination between the demand for a clear reading of the object and of its program of uses and functions.
The patios and porches are responsible for mediating the interior spaces and the exterior of the house.”
The architects opted to use traditional materials and coatings, as exemplified by the cement materials, plasters, woods, and local pottery, this combined with the construction of new elements in apparent concrete with wood planks form work that allowed a certain plasticity to the material, adapting it to the scale of the house.
The modern house has been painted in an off-white colour, which acts as an articulating element of the design, unifying the pre-existing structure and new building elements.
Images courtesy of Mercês Tomaz Gomes
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