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House in Litoral Alentejano by Aires Mateus

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Aires Mateus in collaboration with Maria Rebelo Pinto and Patrícia Marques have designed House in Litoral Alentejano. Located in Portugal, the program includes four houses totaling 170m² (1,830ft²) and a water tank.

The water tank will be a square of whitewashed plaster where a pool is found and a line draws the shower. The placement of the several houses will be decided by each owner. The first house is a square. The living room is disposed around a courtyard that provides indirect lighting. Secondary compartments inhabit the interior of thick walls that form the central living room. These areas, compressed by a lifted ground and a lowered ceiling, become spaces which group to limit and define the “exterior volume,” emphasizing it as the main space of the house.

— Aires Mateus

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Photographs by Daniel Malhão
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