minimalist home by mário alves emerges from the hills of portugal


a home carved into its web site


Perched atop a hillside over Portugal‘s riverfront metropolis of Coimbra, this home dubbed ‘Casa JC’ takes form with a recent design by architect Mário Alves. The structure is crafted with affect from its complicated, sloping web site, because the design workforce notes: ‘growing a home on this location turns into a problem as a result of pure profile that the land develops.’


Relatively than introducing the house as an object dropped atop the plot, the workforce designs a quantity which is as an alternative ‘carved within the web site,’ creating a way of unity with its context and suggesting that ‘it’s the quantity that holds the hill itself.’

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The design course of by architect mário alves


With the design of the Casa JC, Portugal-based architect Mário Alves takes full benefit of the location, flooded with daylight and open to uninterrupted views of town under. The home is designed with a subtractive course of, starting with a easy quantity which is carved away to introduce pockets of out of doors patios. ‘On this means, we will create inside areas which have inside exterior areas in addition to utterly open to the outside,’ the design workforce feedback, ‘with the ability to prolong the inside to the outside whereas safeguarding the privateness of the inside areas.’

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a hill home overlooking the panorama of portugal


With a minimalist and all-white materiality, architect Mário Alves exaggerates the simplicity of the Casa JC and its group. The quantity’s ‘decomposition’ additional expresses this straightforward stepping format, which responds to the unevenness of the panorama. ‘On this means, the completely different areas have a sure house outdoors the home to a sure solar publicity,’ notes the architect. ‘The connection of the encompassing inexperienced house with the inside of the home helps to rework the constructing into an area component.’

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