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The house is designed in a complex balance between the creation of a dense and closed fortress and the reinterpretation of the typical patio house, looking for a protected oasis, in its intimate relationship with the sky. The name - Forte - denounces the mandatory theme of privacy, while the volumetric design reveals the essential strategy of captu...
Project name
Casa Forte (Forte House)
Architecture firm
Pema Studio
Location
Santo Tirso, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
Designed for a family of five, the D house hides its structural complexity through its volumetric simplicity. Large boxes placed on the highest part of the land organize the interior and outdoor space through their layout and orientation. That way, the house opens up to the outside through the spaces generated between them, while protecting its int...
Project name
Casa D
Architecture firm
L2C Arquitetura
Location
Dadim, Braga, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
Developing a house in this location becomes a challenge due to the natural profile that the land develops. As such, the project idea is not to land a volume that becomes a dwelling, but to design a volume that conveys the idea that it was carved in the “site” (thus creating the feeling of union with the place) at the same time as it provokes the se...
Project name
Casa JC
Architecture firm
Mário Alves Arquiteto
Location
Quinta da Portela, Coimbra, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
The couple who owns the house had a clear intention about the social atmospheres. For them, everyone should be visible and part of the family, no matter if cooking, reading, or working from home. On the other hand, they wanted to be comfortable at night without feeling uneased by shadows and exterior movements.
Project name
Casa 15
Architecture firm
AM-arqstudio
Location
Braga, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
An inner city hideaway. The complex was born from a project to recover and enhance the heritage of a vacant building with an extensive curtilage area. In this latter area, a single independent family housing unit was built, which we present here as Casa Prazeres 37. One of the main concerns of the design was to develop a volume as an anonymous elem...
Project name
Prazeres 37
Architecture firm
Fragmentos
Location
Lisboa, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
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 c...
Project name
Houses in the pine forest
Architecture firm
PK Arquitetos
Location
Estoril, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
M2 Senos Arquitectos: All around you can still feel the old farm fields, but this is still a very urban house. The owners inherited the land from their grandparents and decided to build this house on it. A ground floor (or predo minantly ground floor) house that accomplishes the family ́s desires. The parcel, with little depth, extends slowly along...
Project name
Casa em Ílhavo (Ílhavo House)
Architecture firm
M2 Senos Arquitectos
Location
Rua das Cancelas, Ílhavo, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
A tiny palace in a narrow garden. The luxuriant environment suggested an ambivalent approach to the architectural object. At human height, the palace is transparent, but its crown is proud, adorned with precious stones, and spanning across the perimeter walls.
Project name
Fala #050 "Very Tiny Palazzo"
Architecture firm
Fala Atelier
Location
Porto, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio