Casa de Mosteiro

Arquitectos Matos have created a dramatic new family home that responds to both the requirements of domestic living, and the constraints of the site, which is surrounded by a varied topography.

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

The L-shaped form presented an opportunity to demarcate public and private living spaces, with the living room, kitchen and services occupying the longer portion, and bedrooms in the shorter. The interior walls of the L are floor-to-ceiling transparent glass, which establishes permeability between the central courtyard – the volume appears to transcend the walls of the house. A void announces the main entry, which is accessed by a ramp to mediate the height differences between street level and the house. The void also separates the different functions housed in either side of the L. A timber porch, built at ground level wraps around the inner concave of the home, uniting the rooms within and creating a border for the courtyard.

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

The exterior façade of the house is opaque and ventilated, with black, pre-fabricated concrete panels – lending the volume a discreet texture while remaining climatically responsive. Located on the outskirts of Santa Maria de Feira, Portugal the home needs to be able to deal with the requirements of a warm, dry climate.

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Arquitectos MATOS are a Portuguese architecture studio based in Vila Nova de Gaia, best known for their single dwelling residential architecture. They received significant attention for their elegant heritage conversion of a historic Portuguese chapel into a new house, ‘Quinta dos Floreados’.

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Drawings Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Drawings Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Drawings Casa de Mosteiro - Arquitectos Matos

Photos: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

WordsJill Pope


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