Three Courtyards House
by Miguel Marcelino

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Portuguese architect Miguel Marcelino has completed a rural family house with red concrete walls and three separate terraces.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

Located in Benavente, near Lisbon, the building is named Three Courtyards House in reference to the three differently sized patios positioned at the north and south ends of the house. "This was the way I found to solve the problem of having the best oriented sun on the south side and the best views on the north side," Miguel Marcelino told Dezeen.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

The largest terrace is to the north and features a stepped surface with a sunken swimming pool. Meanwhile, the southern end features a courtyard with a cork oak tree, plus a smaller yard with high walls.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

"One could be quiet at the large inner enclosed courtyard with the sun and the big cork oak," said the architect. "And, in the vertical courtyard facing the framed view to the lake with the sun reflected on the outer wall, be embraced and protected by the house in a cold and harsh side like the north one," he added.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

The architect used fair-faced concrete for the walls and structure of the building, washed with an acid-based etching solution to add texture. "This finishing, raw and earthy, was chosen because in such a landscape I thought that it would be better that this house had the feel like it would come out of the ground, more rooted and anchored to this place," he said.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

The house has two storeys, with a living room and kitchen on the ground floor and bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

We've featured a few Portuguese residences on Dezeen recently, including a concrete house in Moreira and a townhouse covered in plants in Lisbon.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

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Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

Here's some more information from Miguel Marcelino:


Three Courtyards House

The plot is located in the middle of a ìmontadoî landscape, being the best views to the north with a lake and the skyline punctuated by cork oak trees.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

The house is organized in a compact volume of two floors, complemented by three courtyards all different in size and features.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

A first large courtyard, enclosed, intimate, situates on the south side, embracing a big existing cork oak.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

Next to the back entrance there is another smaller patio, for service.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

The third courtyard works as a key element in the relationship between home and the north side.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

It is a slim space with a large horizontal opening that frames the landscape and it has an atmosphere of a "inner space outdoors", the light is soft, by reflection on the outer wall that receives direct sunlight.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

This vertical courtyard communicates with a staircase that leads to an open terrace, the last element of the sequence of spaces, patios and atmospheres that go from more introspective and private to more open and outside.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

Above: ground and first floor plans - click above to see larger image

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

Above: long section - click above to see larger image

  • Eric Donnalds

    That has Barragán slapped all over it.

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      And that's not a bad thing ;)