when a child is asked to draw a house, all of them invariably present us with a simplistic representation consisting of fives lines — a rectangle for the door and two squares for the windows. in reference to this notion, portugues architecture firm filipe saraiva arquitectos has designed a ‘house-shaped’ house in the farmlands of ourém, portugal. characterized by its rectangular configuration, the difference in height between the highest point and the lowest point is approximately 4.50m.


all images © joao morgado

 

 

filipe saraiva‘s project was developed based on the modular composition principle, creating a proper rhythm in the façades and roofing. the constructive method adopted consists of prefabricated black concrete panels with a regular dimension, that defines the stereotomy of the project, since it is composed of repeated modules arranged sequentially. the use of black concrete as a material generates a smooth integration in harmony with the landscape, as well as reduce maintenance costs.

 

 

project info:

 

project: single family housing
promoter: filipe saraiva
location: melroeira – ourém
construction area: 410 sqm
year of project: 2015
year of construction: 2016
architecture: filipe saraiva
collaborators: andreia correia, agnieszka marques specialties: rui santos, equação dupla
construction: vigobloco
3d image: sintoniametrica
models: filipe saraiva
photography: joao morgado – architecture photography

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