House in Alcobaça by Aires Mateus situated in Alcobaça, Portugal | The Hardt
House in Alcobaça by Aires Mateus situated in Alcobaça, Portugal. The house designed in the historical center of Alcobaça is a record of overlapping times: A small building reconstructed to perpetuate the vernacular common scale, and a wall thoroughly shaped to house the quiet extension. On the existing building, a void is created by managing the thickness of the peripheral walls. An absence of space is freed collecting luminosity from a skylight that grants a private and protected atmosphere. The compartments appear as internal additions, connected to the exterior through reinterpreted windows in the façades, but proposing an unexpected internal space. The extension of the house takes the difference between two levels: The street level and the garden that is generated with the river Baça. The form of the new wall defines courtyards that mediate the contemplation to the exterior. The social areas, work as a spatial continuum that spread through the two times of the intervention.
Casa No Tempo (2014) by Aires Mateus located in Sabugueiro, Portugal | The Hardt
Casa No Tempo (2014) by Aires Mateus located in Sabugueiro, Portugal. The focal point of the design was to have the house open to the vastness of the property and welcome Nature’s gifts through the large windows of every room. All floors are paved with local clay blocks (heated in winter); fully equipped kitchen is integrated in a beautiful white marble structure, open to the dining table in front of a huge window overlooking a 4,305 ft² (400m²)) swimming pool; Lounge is a luminous area with white sofas and a beautiful fireplace corner; The 4 suites are spacious with a mixture of modern bedding and local wooden furniture; Walk-in showers and toilets with ultimate finishing over handmade tiles.
This house actually has a fascinating story to it. Basically, the home has been in the current family for generations and it was in the grandfathers will that the home be kept in the family until the next generation. The family plans to own the perfectly minimal home for many more generations to come, Learn more about the home, which actually is rented out year-round, here.
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Santa Clara 1728 by Aires Mateus located in Lisbon, Portugal | The Hardt
Santa Clara 1728 by Aires Mateus located in Lisbon, Portugal. Love this space, housed inside an 18th-century pile on one of Lisbon’s most romantic squares, Santa Clara 1728 is the fourth in a string of slick design-led properties from hotelier João Rodrigues. Perched atop one of the city’s seven hills, overlooking the Pantheon and the Tagus River beyond, the hotel has been designed by magicians of minimal Aires Mateus, whose clean, modern interiors are refreshing trimmings to the building’s ancient walls; worn, limestone stairs lead to the guestrooms, where coarse linens, pale woods, and furnishings by designer Antonio Citterio come together in a neutral palette boosted by a graceful duck egg blue.
The goal was to construct a building that reflects the living experience of the city. A search, not done by the reproduction of traditional elements, but by a recombination of elements, materials, atmospheres, and proportions, to bring back this idea of living. A plain architecture, that combines few elements, while striving for quality in the use of real materials. An idea of authenticity and, therefore, an idea of timelessness.
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House In Leiria by Aires Mateus located in Portugal | The Hardt
House In Leiria (2010) by Aires Mateus located in Portugal. The functions of the house are banal: a house divided in private area with bedrooms and social area with living-rooms. The private areas are at street level under the plot, around a central courtyard with rooms opening to private patios in an intimate environment. The living rooms are around a void, that collects light from above and gazes the castle at the city center. The house is a recognizable archetype emptied of its center by the light designed by a three-story-high courtyard that opens horizontally at the garden level. The bedroom courtyards, revealed in the garden, relate with this archetypal object providing different readings on its scale. Scale and volume are controlled in a chaotic context, with a clear identity that from its core relates with the historical legacy far away: the Leiria Castle.
School in Vila Nova da Barquinha by Aires Mateus located in Vila Nova da Barquinha, Portugal | The Hardt
School in Vila Nova da Barquinha by Aires Mateus located in Vila Nova da Barquinha, Portugal. The universes we attend in childhood tend to linger in our memories. It’s the time when we interact with architecture in a more free and genuine way. It is when we settle appropriations and intuitively hierarchize values of architecture. We are interested in identifying the assets that are esteemed by all and design the memories that will be formed. In a not confirmed territory a squared perimeter is set: autonomous and clear. The need for different functions in school is the pretext for establishing distinct spaces. Each compartment is a separate experience in terms of scale, proportion, and identity. The aggregation of all volumes defines its external iconographic value. Inside, a protected interstitial space is defined, infinite by not disclosing its beginning or end, and used as a recreational venue.
It is the structure of void and occupation that mimics the principles that have always been part of urban agglomerations. A replicable opening, suited for all purposes is chosen, and a wall and ceiling finishing is defined for all spaces. The judicious economy of these elements brings out the diversity of spaces. The intensity of this new universe is proposed by the peaceful succession of moments.
Located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal, House for the Elderly by Aires Mateus | The Hardt
Located in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal, House for the Elderly by Aires Mateus. The project is based on an attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, a sort of a micro-society with its own rules. It is a program, somewhere in between a hotel and a hospital, that seeks to comprehend and reinterpret the combination social/private, answering to the needs of a social life, and at the same time of solitude. Independents unities aggregate into a unique body, whose design is expressive and clear.
The reduced mobility of those who will live in the building suggests that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience. The distance between the independent units is measured and drawn to turn the idea of the path into life, and its time into form. The building, designed path, is a wall that naturally rises from the topography: it limits and defines the open space, organizing the entire plot.
Located in Lisbon, Portugal, S. Mamede House (2006) by Aires Mateus | The Hardt
Located in Lisbon, Portugal, S. Mamede House (2006) by Aires Mateus. A succession of everyday spaces occupied the lower floor of the 18th-century building on castle hillside. The estate existed illustrating a period and an identity that was clouded due to extended neglect. The plan for the house elected spatial values, designed geometric affinities, precision in relation to exterior windows. The garden made it possible to enhance the depth of the view over the Baixa rooftops and the river. An existing addition was rebuilt to house more private functions. The secular spaces were opened up to incorporate more significant uses. The unexpected discovery of a cistern crosses the depth horizontally and connects with the sky, the most protected space of the house.