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

vitor vilhena: house in tavira, portugal

‘house in tavira’ by vitor vilhena architects, tavira, portugalimage © joao morgadoall 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 lowprofile 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 hallimage © joao morgado



low house in a flat landscape with 400 olive treesimage © joao morgado



bedrooms facing southimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



carportimage © joao morgado



offices and garage areaimage © joao morgado



courtyard between two volumesimage © joao morgado



connecting glass corridorimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



interior glass corridorimage © joao morgado



walkway between kitchen and living roomimage © joao morgado



large closing door separates the two spacesimage © joao morgado



kitchen and living roomimage © joao morgado



hallway next to the garage, office and library to the left sideimage © joao morgado



studyimage © joao morgado



work space and bookshelfimage © joao morgado



connection detailimage © joao morgado



lounge areaimage © joao morgado



south-facing facade and poolimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



courtyardimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado




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  • Excellent design

    Guillermo García N. says:
  • A white concrete box that works with its environment amazing!

    Yabba says:
  • It would look much better all BLACK!

    Schermann says:

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