House in Paço de Arcos by
Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

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House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Portuguese studio Jorge Mealha Arquitecto have completed a house in Lisbon, Portugal, featuring clusters of rectangular volumes and courtyards.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Called House in Paço de Arcos, the building sits on a sloping site and the volumes have been arranged in such a way to maximise the amount of sunlight that enters the interior.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

A central glazed walkway connects two parts of the structure.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

The house is finished primarily in white.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Photographs are by Fernando Guerra, courtesy of the architects.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

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House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

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House in PaÁo de Arcos

Located at Alto do Lagoal in PaÁo de Arcos, a neighborhood of Lisbon facing the sea, this house has been built on a sloping site and proposes as main strategy an arrangement of several solids in order to attenuate the overall mass due to the functional program requested by the client.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

This arrangement of different solids and voids, uses large plain surfaces and some in-between tensioned spaces to let light draw or reflect on the objects, emphasizing geometry and proposing a changeable reading of form and space during the day.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Some surfaces, covered by metal screening/shading devices, create large smooth textured plans on two facades of the house hiding windows and enhancing form, acting also as a kind of diaphragm device to filter the views between interior and exterior.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Also act as a passive sunshade control between internal and external spaces.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Some circulations, as the staircase and main corridor are built in white painted 10mm metal sheet slightly detached from the walls, leaving opportunity for light, caught by the long skylight to pass in between and spread to the lower floors.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

The external envelope, a ìin situî concrete structure, integrates a double row masonry of perforated ceramic blocs as external walls, including inner rigid thermal insulation panels.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

External walls finishes are in cement plaster painted.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Windows are in standard natural aluminum color profiles integrating double thermal glass.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

In the interior, the walls main finish is plaster painted in white except in the bathrooms where the walls are covered in white/grey natural striped marble.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

The circulation areas floors, corridors and staircases are in plain or folded 10mm thickness metal plates, painted with white mate epoxy enamel.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

The bedrooms floors are finished in industrial wood parquet whit colorless wax varnish finish.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Social areas are covered with polished white stone and kitchen in brilliant black ceramic sandstone.

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Architect: Jorge Mealha

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Design Team: Arch. Jo„o SÌtima, Arch. LuÌs Banazol, Arch. Pedro Pereira, Arch., Marcelo Dantas

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Location: Alto do Lagoal, PaÁo de Arcos, Lisbon, Portugal

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Client: Margarida e AntÛnio Lemos

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Use: Single Housing

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Site Area: 907 m2

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Building Gross Area: 388,50 m2

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Floor Net Area: 302 m2

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Landscape Area: 629 m2

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Coverage Ratio: 30,6 %

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Gross Floor Ratio: 77,74 %

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Project Year: Sept. 2003-March 2004

House in Paco de Arcos by Jorge Mealha Arquitecto

Construction: 2006-2010

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  • Mario

    What kind of people can afford this? You can house a complete ambassy in it..

    • wadafakutakinabout

      this house really is not that large.

  • kroud

    more boxes on top of boxes that rely on boxes… of course white as it should… siza is portuguese and so on…. Do architects in portugal even know Souto Mouro or any other material other than a silky white one?!

  • Zé Manel

    kroud, have you heard of Tomas Taveira?

    • Todo lá dentro

      I think he knows him very well !!! :)

  • http://www.deloprojet.com delo

    architecture, the sculpture, art, nature and beauty, a good cocktail which gives a beautiful building