An Elliptical House on the Portuguese shores

The single family house designed by architect Mário Martins in Praia da Luz, on the southern shores of Portugal, frames the sky and courtyard in an elliptical gesture.

Mário Martins, Elliptical House, Luz

The Elliptical House designed by Mário Martins in the seaside of Luz, Portugal, is based on a geometric shape and a volume as if it was sculpted by the landscape. There was a need to establish a connection with the existing house next to it – to do so it was chosen the same intense white.

A balance was sought between fullness and emptiness, weight and airiness, light and shade. With its elliptical base, the house is deliberately sculptural and organic as if it was shaped by the wind and the sea. Its wide floating oval delimits the central patio of the house on a sunny slope. This is the main ambience where to experience the house, without being aware of where the house begins or ends, in a relationship between the real and the imagined, the physical and virtual spaces.

Elliptic House
Sónia Fialho, Rui Duarte, Nuno Colaço, Sara Silva, Rui Santos
Main contractor:
Ilha & Ilha, Lda

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