photographer josé campos has documented eduardo souto de moura’s ‘house in arrabida’, a dwelling that was completed in 2002 after eight years of planning and construction. located in western portugal, approximately 50 kilometers from lisbon, the two-storey home has been embedded into the landscape in response to local building regulations.


all images by josé campos

 

 

the unobtrusive property adopts a low profile with only the chimney stack visible from the adjacent pathway. internally, the deceptively spacious house belies its external appearance. the entrance is found within a sunken courtyard at the rear of the property. here, a tree rises out of the patio providing shade for a small dining table. a lounge and adjoining kitchen form the home’s primary living accommodation.


the two-storey home has been embedded into the landscape

 

 

a hallway then leads to a separate wing that contains a bedroom, a bathroom, and a large office. throughout the scheme, substantial windows ensure generous views of the picturesque landscape. a stairway provides access to a basement level, which houses two further bedrooms, a bathroom, storage areas, and technical facilities. the white stucco-clad property also includes a separate garage, situated closer to the road.


only the chimney stack is visible from the adjacent pathway


the unobtrusive property adopts a low profile


the entrance is found within a sunken courtyard at the rear of the property


a tree rises out of the patio providing shade for a small dining table


the entrance to ‘house in arrabida’


a lounge and adjoining kitchen form the home’s primary living accommodation


a basement level houses two further bedrooms


the bathroom with cylindrical marble sink


substantial openings ensure generous views of the landscape


the secluded dwelling is surrounded by rolling countryside

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