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Portuguese architect Marco Arraiolos has designed a house in Mexilhoeira Grande, Portimão, in southwestern Portugal. The house's southern exposure and views over the mouth of the river in the estuary of Alvor allow the project to invert the logic of the immediately social or private.
All private and service areas — bedrooms, bathroom and laundry — are located at ground level. These spaces are further guarded visually by unfinished wood-plank fences, providing a subtle contrast with the solid, white volumetric elements of the apartments.
On this "foundation" rests a top floor with sloping roof, descending to the south, resulting in a terrace that develops along the whole façade. On this floor are the social areas — living room, dining room and kitchen —, taking advantage of the exposure, views, and the terraced outdoor area, sheltered from the prevailing northern winds by the construction itself.
This site-specific and environmentally-tuned architecture not only provides energy efficiency, but also turns site challenges into opportunity, by maximizing privacy and views simultaneously.
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