House in Mosteiro / Arquitectos Matos

House in mosteiro / arquitectos matos
© Joao Morgado

The site is located on the outskirts of Santa Maria da Feira, surrounded by a diffuse and changing landscape.

The concept of the project comes from the combined interpretation of the functional program of a single-family house with the specific premises of the clients, as from the study of the characteristics of the lot and its surroundings and morphological conditions.

House in mosteiro / arquitectos matos
© Joao Morgado

The house is organized in a single floor around a central courtyard, facing South and West, protected from the street on the North side.

Shaped as an “L”, it is divided in two parts – a longitudinal volume organized the service areas and the leisure zone, while the bedrooms are located in the shorter volume, transversal to the lot. An additional volume, a storage room placed in the limit of the terrain, accurately defines the central courtyard.

House in mosteiro / arquitectos matos
© Joao Morgado

Access to the house is made from the east side, by a ramp that serves as a transition between the level of the street and the main and service entrances.

At the intersection of the two volumes of the L, a void announces the main entrance, that inward, through its transparency, reveals the central courtyard and leads to the different areas of the house.

House in mosteiro / arquitectos matos
© Joao Morgado

The interior spaces are directly associated to the patio, though protected by the porch, that externally unifies the different areas of the house as intensifies the daily experiences of the family.

The living room is an ample space, where the dining and living areas are commonly organized, spatially extending to the outdoor through natural light.

House in mosteiro / arquitectos matos
© Joao Morgado

The volume, simple and compact, is coated by an opaque ventilated façade made of prefabricated black textured concrete panels on its public surfaces, whilst its interior walls, facing the private patio, are fully open through their transparency.

The background scenery of the courtyard and garden is framed by the “memory wall”, built out of stones from the demolition of pre-existence.

Project Details:
Location: Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro, Portugal
Type: HousesResidential
Construction: 2010-2012
Architects: Arquitectos Matoswww.matos.pt
Photos: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

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Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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