The Wall House is one of the latest projects of the Portuguese studio Guedes Cruz Architects. The house sits on upmarket neighborhood of Cascais, a seaside municipality 30 km west of the Portuguese capital. The rectangular plot as only unobstructed and beautiful view towards the golf and the dunes of Guincho beach from where it blows the northern winds. So the logic of the design led to a pátio house, a feature of Mediterranean architecture, in a very special and characteristic interpretation.
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One component that is consistent with the architects Guedes Cruz previous work is the idea of using a rigorous, straightforward geometry, as an “acrobat’s safety net”. The concrete Wall defines the houses interior and exterior spaces, protecting them from indiscrete looks and opening them towards the beautiful scenery. Despite this fortress concept there is no separation between interior and exterior spaces.
This fluidity of space and movement is achieved with a simplified use of materials, colors and nature. The exteriors exposed concrete, wood panels and garden colors are brought inside. An impressive façade of guillotine glass windows allows the house to fully benefit from the views and warm weather while protecting it from strong winds.
The first floor swimming pool, probably the most visually striking element, is a good example how the combination of light and materials is “worked” by Guedes Cruz. While the ground floor pool holds the traditional leisure role for family and guests, it´s first floor twin serves two functions: it isn´t simply a recreational element, but more importantly, it was developed as a solution for sheltering and definition of the exterior eating area. Its shape emerged from the need to create a canopy for the exterior area that responded to the roughness of the exposed concrete, while letting sunlight through.
The main entrance at the ground floor is bridged so that a wide grass ramp guides light and create views. It was rationality, simplicity and geometry that guided the design of this welcoming house in Cascais.
▽地下层平面图 Basement Floor Plan
▽入口层平面图 Ground Floor Plan
▽一层平面图 First Floor Plan
Project name: The Wall House
Company name: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Contact e-mail: email@example.com
Project location: Quinta da Marinha, Cascais
Completion Year: 2016
Building area (m²): 1 100m m² (Construction Area: above ground - 532m2
below ground - 568m2)
Other participants: José Guedes Cruz, César Marques , Marco Martinez Marinho
Photo credits: Ricardo Oliveira Alves