Casa No Tempo

Aires Mateus, together with the owners João and Andreia Rodrigues, transformed an old family farm into a modern retreat in the rural landscape of the Alentejo region, Portugal.

Casa No Tempo
The intervention aimed to reclaim the natural beauty of the rural territory and landscape, avoiding a conventional approach by liberating the land.
This was achieved through the construction of three complementing structures. The first step was the restoration of the house, acknowledging and respecting its cultural heritage, by highlighting the natural qualities associated with this place.
Casa No Tempo
Aires Mateus Associados, João and Andreia Rodrigues, Casa No Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, Portugal

The second structure introduces the element of water in the form of a swimming pool, a square in the middle of the countryside, reminiscent of the topography of a beach.

The third structure, in the process of being built, takes the shape of a square, labyrinth-like, walled garden. It will comprise one hectare of interconnected areas, housing an array of cultivated flowers and vegetables, as well as relevant agricultural structures that are important for local farming. The garden will display a palette of visual and sensory experiences, combining and juxtaposing elements to guide visitors through the paths.

Casa no Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, Portugal
Program: hotel
Architects: Aires Mateus Associados, João and Andreia Rodrigues
Completion: 2014

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