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sala2 arquitectos: house in relva
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jan 13, 2013
sala2 arquitectos: house in relva


‘house in relva’ by sala2 arquitectos, azores, portugal
all images courtesy of sala2 arquitectos

 

 

suburban sprawl around the world has led to the rhythmic placement of cloned homes along a linear axis and the ability to create unique residential
spaces is made much harder due to the lack of space, often times strict zoning regulations and clients willing or able to pay for a unique home.
in such a neighborhood in sao miguel island that makes up part of the tropical azores, portguese practice sala2 arquitectos designed a residence
to block out the more or less mundane surroundings and create a little exterior slice – literally – of heaven inside the private home. following in the
same general typology as the rest of the dwellings, the stark white ‘house in relva’ complies with the local aesthetic, but differs in that it contains a thin
sliver of exterior space where a cut of the end wall seems to have been separated from the rest of the volume. in this open-air gap, treated as an exterior
space, a courtyard and green wall provide a garden washed with light as a retreat away from suburbia. large windows are placed around the perimeter
to soak up plenty of the island sun in a light-filled interior.

 

 

 

 


view from the road outside the property

 

 

 

 


large windows open up views and let in natural light

 

 


detail of the gap space

 

 


(left) current green wall
(right) expected green wall

 

 


current green wall

 

 


projected green wall, view from the interior

 

 


cantilevering wooden members make up the interior stairs

 

 


stairs

 

 

 

 


windows that look out over the green wall

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


section

 

 


section

 

 


massing diagram

 

 


scheme

 

 

project info:

 

 

project: relva house
location: sao miguel island – azores / portugal
client: private
construction area: 223 m2
date: 2010-2012
status: built in 2012

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