CASA NO LEVANTE | Camarim Arquitectos
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Project Name: CASA NO LEVANTE (www.camarim.pt/en)
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
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.