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

arqui+: casa vale do lobo

‘casa vale do lobo’ by arqui+ arquitectura, algarve, portugal image © FG + SG

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.

courtyard image © FG + SG

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 image © FG + SG

courtyard image © FG + SG

upper level pool deck with entertainment spaces below image © FG + SG

kitchen exterior image © FG + SG

interior image © FG + SG

view from nterior image © FG + SG

left: exterior staircase right: entry image © FG + SG

kitchen interior image © FG + SG

interior image © FG + SG

hallway to spa area image © FG + SG

spa area image © FG + SG

indoor pool image © FG + SG

  • love the pool treated as a vessel (which it IS by nature, by the way) and then also treat it as an infinity pool as well

    overall an exquisite piece of work

    dbkii says:
  • I have NO idea what this place is about…I see no signs that it does either. Personally, I am always skeptical when the description of the piece, presumably written by or for the architect, speaks mostly about its materiality…unless, of course, that material is endemic or critical to its conception.

    This is a spaceship.

    Chaszr says:
  • A bloated anachronism that bears no sensible relation to the 20th century history of modern houses or the realities of our current vital preoccupations with economic and environmental sustainability. If there was a poster boy for whatever the opposite of “Life-Edited” is, this is it.

    RobD says:
  • Absolutely stunning.
    Love the self-absorbed panning critiques. Funny and so intellectual.
    Oh my.
    Blah, blah, blah

    rcvs1 says:
  • Everything architecture should\’t be, these days.

    Pedro says:
  • keep this in mind for a suburbs station

    PFIJV says:

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