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Casa das Freiras

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture - Single Family
Firm LocationLagos, Portugal
CompanyMário Martins Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda
Lead ArchitectMário Martins
Design TeamAndré Coutinho; Mariana Franco; Rita Rocha; Sónia Fialho; José Furtado; Gonçalo Guimarães; So Yeon Lim; Thais Bressiani; Hélder Lima

The house was built from scratch on the degraded space of a vehicle workshop. A new building appears behind a really massive, powerful wall that is more than a meter thick, guarding the memories of successive occupations and that now plays the role facing onto the street. The wall provides ancestral tranquility for the patio house, a common design in the surrounding area because of the long Moorish occupation. A central patio is a pivotal point for the entrances, a source of natural light and mainly a privileged zone for socializing outdoors.