Filipe Saraiva Arquitectos : Maison à Ourém

How did you imagine your home being small? This is the question that the architects of the Portuguese agency Filipe Saraiva Arquitectos asked themselves to erect a large house in Ourém (Portugal). The project thus materializes the child's representation of the house, composed of a rectangle surmounted by a triangle.

The monolithic appearance of the villa 410 square meters of floor area, "House shaped"As its architects describe, it goes hand in hand with its structure made up of prefabricated black concrete panels used both on the front and on the roof. A process that reduces time and construction costs. An extruded pentagonal volume extended only to the east by a square outgrowth that camouflages a patio and the bathroom of the room facing it, and by a wooden clairvoie positioned to the south, filtering the light from the terrace it home. The northern part of the book is reserved for a large garage camouflaged behind polycarbonate doors and visible from the music room that serves as entrance to the house, marked by a self-patinable steel canopy - the introduction into a housing designed according to the childlike imagination could indeed be made by a conventional piece ... The tone is thus given at the door step: here, we relax, we have fun and we enjoy a sanctuary.


"The house is like a shelter that protects us from the world around us. It is our refuge and our own world. This archetype is generally defined by a polygon of regular geometrical shape, generally well proportioned and of balanced dimensions, with which we all identify ". Filipe Saraiva, architect

The lobby serves the main living space in double height mixing kitchen, living-dining room and mezzanine office, with a large bay window facing south on the wooden pergola. Upstairs, are arranged three bedrooms and two bathrooms, largely bathed in light through large openings and a terrace.

A place that proves that the drawings of the little ones can also inspire great things.

To learn more, visit the website of Filipe Saraiva Arquiectos

Photographs: Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography

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