vitor vilhena: house in tavira, portugal
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jan 16, 2013
vitor vilhena: house in tavira, portugal


‘house in tavira’ by vitor vilhena architects, tavira, portugal
image © joao morgado
all images courtesy of vitor vilhena

 

 

located in the hot landscape of portugal’s southern algarve region, surrounded by 400 olive trees, the ‘house in tavira’ by local architect vitor vilhena keeps a low
profile amidst the horizontal landscape. the dwelling, identifiably white in compliance with regional building codes, consists of two unique volumes connected
by a transparent glass corridor. one mass, a regular box, contains the bedrooms and services and is oriented to the south to face the pool and finds shade under
the deep overhang of the roof structure. the other component is an angular construction that contains a carport and all the leisure functions. polished exposed
concrete defines the roof plane contrasting the more sterile white-washed walls. a courtyard with an olive tree intrudes on the block, offering moments where the
exterior makes its way to the interior.

 

 


two volumes connected by a glass hall
image © joao morgado

 

 


low house in a flat landscape with 400 olive trees
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bedrooms facing south
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carport
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offices and garage area
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courtyard between two volumes
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connecting glass corridor
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interior glass corridor
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walkway between kitchen and living room
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large closing door separates the two spaces
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kitchen and living room
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hallway next to the garage, office and library to the left side
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study
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work space and bookshelf
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connection detail
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lounge area
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south-facing facade and pool
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courtyard
image © joao morgado

 

 


image © joao morgado

 

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


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