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

vitor vilhena: house in odemira, portugal

‘house in odemira’ by vitor vilhena architects, odemira, portugalimage © joao morgadoall 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 poolimage © joao morgado



rear elevationimage © joao morgado



exterior patioimage © joao morgado



at night, the cut outs dot the landscape with warm yellow squaresimage © joao morgado



the entry is carefully carved into the plane, keeping with the overall language of the built formimage © joao morgado



situated on a sloping site that mimics the lines on the landscapeimage © joao morgado



solid and void are balanced according to program and ideal views of the siteimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



a total respect for the site’s visual resources was the objective of the projectimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado



traditional tile floors keep the house cool in the summerimage © joao morgado



framed views of the landscapeimage © joao morgado



image © joao morgado





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