House in OvarEdit profile
Portuguese architect Paula Santos has finished a house in Ovar, Portugal. It is an exercise in stretching the limits of a number of self-referential ideas and concepts already contained in other unrealized projects which had never been put in place. It is also — above all — a project which allows for thinking with people about their particular way of inhabiting a dwelling. The large-scale project, covering 680 square metres, is to be located on unstable, sandy soil, and this allowed the architect to ponder the house as an object which develops in a continuum. The need to design the main programme of the house as a ground floor meant that the divisions between spaces are implemented by variable heights in geometric forms. The arrangement of these spaces and boundaries is organized in respect to their importance and meaning. The most expressive areas such as the swimming pool, the painter's studio, and the body of the entrance from the street acquire more expressive and more elevated forms.