House in Possanco by Arx and Stefano riva

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AUTHOR:

ARX Portugal and Stefano Riva

YEAR:

2011

LOCATION:

Possanco, Alcácer do Sal Portugal, Portugal

PHOTOGRAPHS:

image © FG + SG

SOURCE:

archdailyeuropaconcorsi

NOTE:

The owners wanted a small vacation house that allowed a casual and relaxed enjoyment of their weekend when escaping the urban everyday stress.
Our minds were for so long populated by images of the so-called popular architecture, produced before the technological era. They are small houses with sometimes asymmetric roofs, with one of the two garrets longer, almost disproportionate.

The first relevant constraint is the triangular shape of the small lot which, when applying the legal distance measures, almost does not allow any formal alternatives. 

Conceiving the house had still to face a paradox: the most interesting views stand to the north and not south, where the windows should be placed in their quest for light. 

At south there is the street, traffic and passers-by whose look inside the house owners wanted to avoid.

These two aspects ended up being the key-features of the project and the solution would end being the introduction of yet another paradigm in traditional architecture: the patio

from: arx