arqui+: casa vale do lobo
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jul 09, 2012
arqui+: casa vale do lobo

‘casa vale do lobo’ by arqui+ arquitectura, algarve, portugal
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nestled within a golf course in southern portugal, the ‘casa vale do lobo’ by portuguese architect vasco vieira of arqui+ adds a new look
to the province, epitomized by the elevated swimming pool constantly cascading onto the reflecting pool below. as it borders
open public ground, the architect utilized the structure of the residence itself to denote private and common spaces by
developing the floor plan into the shape of a ‘U’, with continuous solid outer walls and transparent glazing forming the inner walls.
this allows the owner to have privacy from nearby activities while maintaining distance from the general public.

the residence exercises the use of orthogonal volumes creating niche void spaces, simple pure geometries and clean connections which

can be observed at every scale, from the overall formal composition to
the detailing of the stairs. materials provide a variety of

textures and help link or separate the different uses. black tiles join
the outdoor and indoor pools, wood panels accentuate several

elements and help create a spatial parti. a light black steel structure
supports the panes of glass that border the central yard,

and a light gray sandstone floor unites all the components of the edifice with a soft neutral tone.

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five bedrooms have been organized over two floors on the northern wing, characterized by predominantly white surfaces in
accordance with the vernacular of the algarve region. the opposing section contains the entertainment and service functions:
cinema, spa, swimming pool, game room and double garage. linking the two is the communal living area, a mid-level
‘bridge’ with a roof garden easily accessible by both sides, that opens to the central grass courtyard as well as to the
lake and golf course on the south end.

swimming pool
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upper level pool deck with entertainment spaces below
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kitchen exterior
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view from nterior
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left: exterior staircase
right: entry
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kitchen interior
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hallway to spa area
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spa area
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indoor pool
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