At the end of 2018, Maria Fradinho designs and builds her own office and home, on a 940 m2 lot, located on the outskirts of Ílhavo, Portugal. The Arch House follows the continuity of the neighbour buildings, with the main facade ensuring the alignment with the consolidated pre-existence.
A house from the 1960s designed originally by Noy Pedro Architects was purchased and used by its owners as a home office. The building was extensively renovated while maintaining the original design.
Situated 40 km North of Bucharest, in a peaceful rural setting, the house serves as a week-end and vacation retreat for a family living and working in the capital. It tries to make the most of its privileged location
The client’s family have been holidaying and sailing the waters of Manly Beach, Whangaparaoa Peninsular for four generations. Having purchased the site and classic old two-bedroom bach 15 years earlier, …
Patinated copper and bronzed iron are richly defined against the subtle uniformity of cream colored plasterwork. A clear grained Cedar scrim finished in a natural hue of pale rose add a neutral element to the overall composition.
Building a troglodyte villa poses the question of the human relationship with nature, from nature to culture: how can one carve out a house form a rock, a landscape, without altering it, by respecting its volumes, its fractures and vegetation.