House EN125A22 in Vale de Lousas, Algarve Property, Portuguese Residence, Home Portugal, Photography
House EN125A22 in Vale de Lousas
Residence in The Algarve – design by Architecture: Ricardo Camacho, Gilda Camacho
19 Apr 2017
Architecture: Ricardo Camacho, Gilda Camacho
Location: Vale de Lousas, Algarve, Portugal
Photos: Nelson Garrido
The EN125A22 house addresses the relationship between the architectural object and four types of mobility. Located above the intersection of the main roads of the Algarve, the house operates as a mechanism able to recognize, use and represent different types of mobility.
These definitions allocate different users and uses:
01. infrastructure of mobility (street, house, view) – as an object of desire- the house occupies a position in the valley that privileges the visual relationship with the movement of the road and of the highway;
02. Individual movement (drive-in) – the physical limitations of one member of the family required a specific programmatic articulation of the house;
03. movement of the family – the life expectancy of the same member of the family precipitated a mutation of the family structure;
04. Community – considering the growth of the family and the inevitable dislocation of it’s members, the owner of the house will transform it into a hotel.
According to these requirements, the house should accommodate diverse types of transition. With this in mind, a series of programmatic and constructive principles were defined: (1) the house occupies the highest point of a very steep plot controlling the best views of the valley; (2) an elevator makes every floor of the house accessible for somebody in a wheelchair; (3) The constructive system and layout allows for a faster construction and maximizes the flexibility of future uses and program; (4) The interior space should be as open as possible and divided in two main programmatic areas: the public...