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House in Alcalar by Vitor Vilhena Arquitectura


Office name: Vitor Vilhena Arquitectura

E-mail: [email protected]

Responsible Architect: Vitor Vilhena

Team: Nuno Gonçalves, Fábio Plácido Guimarães, Michael Vieira

Location: Alcalar, Algarve – Portugal

Year of completion: 2016

Total construction area (m2): 250 m2

Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Photographer website:

Other collaboration:

Veritate, Projectos e Fiscalização

Electroeng, Engenharia Electrotécnica

Termoflux, Engenharia e Certificação Energética

Materials used in the construction

Company / Product

1. Duravit – Toilets

2. Bruma – Taps

3. Margrés – Tiles

Located in the south of Portugal, in an area that serves as a transition between the Sea and

the land. It is located in the village of Alcalar, a few kilometers from Portimão, where 5000

years ago was settled an important Prehistoric community.

Based on the importance of the location of the land and its relationship with history, we

decided that the image of the house would have to seek the organic relations that refer to the

The monument that appears in the history of the area.

The image of the house is constituted by several curves that consist in the separations

provoked by the surroundings.

The topography is gently sloping, and the surrounding is characterized by a traditional style

single-family dwellings from the ’80s.

The land confines to a municipal street, which defines the entrance of the house.

The project develops on a single floor (above the street level) with the intention of minimizing

the visual impact of the viewer from the street and its implementation takes into account the

better use of the solar orientation of the interior compartments and the best views that the site


The natural topography of the terrain promotes the creation of a lower floor facing South.

Following this orientation was created an outdoor seating area that relates to the terrain and

the landscape. This space is covered in order to protect and control the solar orientation of the


The southern elevation benefits from a strong relationship between the interior and exterior,

inviting permeability situations, namely its relation with the terrain, vegetation, and views.

The villa consists of 2 floors, the ground floor which is at the level of the entrance, and which

comprises 4 bedrooms, living and dining area, kitchen and service areas, complemented by a

car parking.

The lower floor develops as the result of the natural slope of the terrain and

integrates a living area, directly related to the pool. This lower floor benefits from an outdoor

covered area where the pool is located, creating very interesting relations between the interior

and exterior.

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