vitor vilhena: house in odemira, portugal
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jan 28, 2013
vitor vilhena: house in odemira, portugal


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

 

the specific natural landscape of the estate of arrifoias works in conjunction with the elegantly reductive architecture of  vitor vilhena in ‘the house in odemira’.
the richness of the topography lies in it’s contained flatness, a feature that the portuguese architect seeks to capture with the stark white planes of the building.
the L-shaped plan serves to maximize the building’s exposure to the south-light and sun-soaked mountainous views. vilhena values, above all,
a ‘privileged contemplation of the landscape’ by carefully developing the volumes of space according site and program. these planar volumes follow the subtle lines
in the landscape while creating their own complexity with panoramic cut outs.

 

 


approach to the house, greeted by the swimming pool
image © joao morgado

 

 


rear elevation
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exterior patio
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at night, the cut outs dot the landscape with warm yellow squares
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the entry is carefully carved into the plane, keeping with the overall language of the built form
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situated on a sloping site that mimics the lines on the landscape
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solid and void are balanced according to program and ideal views of the site
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a total respect for the site’s visual resources was the objective of the project
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traditional tile floors keep the house cool in the summer
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framed views of the landscape
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site plan

 

 

floor plan

 

 

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