* Residential Architecture: House in Melides by Pedro Reis
Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Residential Architecture: House in Melides by Pedro Reis: “..two volumes overlapping in the shape of a cross. The aim of this dialectic strategy is not just to reduce the scale and presence of the construction, but also to split the programme into two areas, one more exuberant and exposed and the other more intimate and contained. If the light upper volume recalls the synthetic image of the modern house, with large glass areas open to the scenic countryside, the anchored lower volume, clad with sheets of earth-coloured concrete, pre-fabricated in situ, sits on the ground, giving support and stability to the house. In terms of programmatic organisation, the suspended upper volume concentrates the main spaces, defining the minimum housing unit, while the lower volume acts as an expansion zone, hosting more intimate areas or service areas, allowing increased occupation..” Abundant natural light, privacy and views, indoor/outdoor sensibility, interesting juxtaposition of almost modernist white element with contemporary, with contextual inspiration, lower level, swimming pool..
image: FG+SG; article: Contemporist