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Houses in the pine forest, Estoril, Portugal by PK Arquitetos

Project name:
Houses in the pine forest
Architecture firm:
PK Arquitetos
Estoril, Portugal
Ivo Tavares Studio
Principal architect:
Francisca Magalhães Ramalho
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
256 m²
Site area:
Design year:
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Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
ATPI Engenharia
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
API Construções
Concrete, Wood, Glass, Steel
Residential › House

PK Arquitetos: Set of villas located next to a pine forest. The volumes develop perpendicularly to the road, facing south. They land along the natural slope of the land, the garage, with only one floor, finishes the volumetry.

The house basis begins as a wall, then surrounds the main volume and finally, again as a wall embraces  the garage, giving a sense of continuity. The first floor swings on the lower floor, detaching from it, giving a sense of lightness to the whole.

Working contrasts was an important part of the concept. The design translates the contrast between privacy and wideness,  light and shadow, opacity and texture. The blind walls, give privacy to  interior spaces, opposing to large glazed windows facing south, framed by the garden.

Natural light penetrates in a controlled way through the roof, by four large skylights that illuminate the circulation spaces and through the wide windows facing south, overlooking the lawn. The texture of the horizontal pergola, with linear elements, right angled to the facade, creates a set of shadows. These same linear elements now set vertically,  make the protections of the upper windows. These shutters run along the façade, creating different compositions and shadow effects on the elevation, varying with each different position.

Concrete , stone, wood and metal , are the elements that constitute the materiality of the whole. There is always a continuity of these materials from the inside to the outside,  some strategic points of view reinforce this notion.

By Liliana Alvarez

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