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House in Possanco by ARX is a small vacation getaway positioned on a triangular lot in the region of Alentejo, Portugal. Set between the area’s urban strip and protected agricultural zone of the village, the site offers views of the extensive plains and Arrabida mountain ridge to the North, with the river Sado running through, and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance defining the horizon to complete the tranquil setting. The owners wanted a dwelling that was contemporary in nature, but still fit in with the traditional architecture of the quarter. In response, ARX has envisioned a compact two-storey home that is expressed by a long, angular roof, the entirety of the volume painted in white, bringing about an abstract figure amidst the dry, natural landscape. Because of the land restrictions, ARX had to overcome a number of challenges when developing the design. for example, though the most interesting views were towards the North, the windows would need to be placed facing South in order to maximize the sun’s brightness. However, this would mean that they would be directed towards the street, traffic and passers-by who could look inside, which the owners wanted to avoid. This issue ended up becoming the key feature of the house, resulting in the implementation of several patios–an architectural element which happens to be a paradigm of the dwellings in possanco–allowing ARX to maintain privacy, while still taking advantage of natural light. In total four terraces are integrated into the plan: a central courtyard, one in the living room, another in the social toilets and the last by the children’s room. All are situated north, guiding views towards the beautiful landscape, each of them resembling bluish excavations as they open upwards to the sky, further enhancing the abstract personality of the geometric mass.
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