located in quinta da marinha, a well-known resort in the cascais – estoril area of portugal, the ‘seafront villa’ by arq tailor’s takes its name after being a unique luxury holiday house that overlooks the ocean. laying in a 3.050 m2 plot, this twelve-room family house intends to be a showcase for elegant, contemporary architecture and design.

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all images by ricardo oliveira alves 



using pure, well-framed lines, as well as big volumes of fenestration and glass, the project by arq tailor’s aims to form a close connection to its natural surroundings. in order to serve this indoor-outdoor dialectic purpose, extra slim window frames have been picked, to allow the installation of huge spans of glass instead of walls. 

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the materials and finishes for the building have been sourced from all around the world, based on their beauty, rarity, and sustainability. warm woods cover the floor, ceilings, and wardrobes, unifying and enlarging the interior while adding a peaceful, natural look to the living space. all sanitary facilities feature marble surfaces, coming from chosen stone blocks, which have been processed meticulously in order to create beautiful, custom-made bathrooms. 

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the villa includes simple life-enhancing systems for people who are not really familiar with technology, yet want to enjoy the benefits of modern life. light and temperature are balanced by detectors that help ensure that the residence provides a comfortable living environment constantly. light levels, inside and outside the property, are regularly controlled and all window blinds are automatically adjusted, to prevent damage to the decoration and furniture caused by harsh sunlight. furthermore, certain windows are continuously opened or closed, to maintain ventilation and keep the villa cool. 

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the ground floor features the dining room, living room, one toilet, three bedrooms, one suite, an office, an inner garden, and a large, modern kitchen. all are oriented towards the sea and outdoor deck, providing a true sense of seamless indoor-outdoor living. on the second level, one can find two additional bedrooms, including the fantastic master suite with a generously sized dressing room, along with a private terrace overlooking the atlantic ocean. last but not least, there’s the basement area, that houses an indoor pool & spa, a home cinema, a guest apartment with two service bedrooms, a garage, and storage facilities. 

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project info:

name: seafront villa
architecture office: arq tailor’s
location: portugal, cascais – quinta da marinha



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom