After 10 years of abandonment the clients wanted to refurbish their holiday house in Barlavento (southwest Algarve), which sits in a heavenly place overlooking a beach surrounded by sand cliffs. The house, at 20 years of age, became obsolete in face of present-day services and comfort standards: the kitchen was too small and cut off from the social space, the bathrooms were narrow and complicated to use, the terrace was underused, the choice of materials was arbitrary.
Various spaces were reconfigured to improve the functionality of the house: the entrance hall, which led to a bathroom and the kitchen, became a silent transitional space between the street and the living room; the kitchen became accessible from the dining room; the bathroom in the upper floor, which was too indented, assumed a central stance in the body of the house; the terrace, by means of a system of moveable shutters, became a second living room.
The original house echoes Algarve’s building tradition, albeit in a naïf and loose manner. Instead of forcing an adaptation to a new language, we sought to imbue the house’s original language with substance and continuity, sequencing these quotations along the house, designing a hedonistic spatial experience between outside, inside, the sea and the beach.
Project Name: Casa no Levante
Project Location: Alporchinhos, Lagoa, Portugal
Site Area: 255 m2
Built Area: 230 m2
Project Completion: 2011
Project by: Camarim
Project Architects: Vasco Correia, Patrícia Sousa
Collaborators: Tiago Garrido
Project Copyright: Camarim Arquitectos
Photos Copyright: Nelson Garrido
Camarim was founded by Vasco Matias Correia and Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa in 2007.
Their designs encompass a wide range of briefs, budgets and scales, on new buildings, existing buildings and product design.
Their work is published in magazines, books and documentaries from America to Asia and has been the subject of academic studies in Australia, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, among others.
They received the Häuser Award* in 2018, the Ibero-American Award for Architecture and Urbanism** and the 40 Under 40 distinction by the Chicago Athenaeum in 2016, the Baku Architecture Award in 2015, the A.Prize** and the ASCER Award in 2014, among others.
VASCO MATIAS CORREIA
Born in Lisbon in 1978, he earns his Diploma in Architecture by the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa in 2003.
From 2003 to 2006 he collaborates with Stéphane Beel Architecten, in Ghent, and from 2006 to 2007 he collaborates with Norman Foster, in London.
In 2007 he founds Camarim with Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa.
In 2015 he is a consultant to the HIDA government agency, in Japan.
Since 2015 he has been a lecturer and guest critic in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, including the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de València.
PATRÍCIA FERREIRA DE SOUSA
Born in Lisbon in 1978, she earns her Diploma in Architecture by the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa in 2003.
From 2003 to 2006 she collaborates with Stéphane Beel Architecten, in Ghent, and from 2006 to 2007 she collaborates with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, in London.
In 2007 she founds Camarim with Vasco Matias Correia.
Since 2015 she has been a lecturer and guest critic in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, including the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de València.
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Terrace Shutters: cured sucupira wood
Interior Finishings: general flooring – red terracotta tiles; bathrooms and kitchen – handmade tiles and epoxy-resin paint