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Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

The texture and cream color of the facade make the building integrated in the rural environment

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos
Casa em Ílhavo

Project: Casa em Ílhavo
Architecture: M2Senos Arquitectos
Lead Architects: Ricardo Senos, Sofia Senos
Landscape: Paulo Palma
Location: Ílhavo, Portugal
Area: 549 m2
Year: 2021
Photo Credits: Ivo Tavares Studio

All around you can still feel the old farm fields, but this is still a very urban house. The owners inherited the land from their grandparents and decided to build this house on it. A ground floor (or predo minantly ground floor) house that accomplishes the family ́s desires.
The parcel, with little depth, extends slowly along the street, almost disappearing around the curve.

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

The exercise was to accommodate the demanding deployment area, avoiding the proximity of the street and the neighbors. This imposed presence is not always easy to manage, without giving up the outdoor spaces.

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

And so, Casa em Ílhavo leans against the neighboring gable to the west and develops to the east side, with a regular shape, occupying the land within the legal maximum. The regular shape of the house dematerializes following the closing of the land, progressively retreating over the street, to the annexed volume (almost an endpoint), which gives it a dynamism, accentuated by the option of two floors in the central area.

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

To counterbalance the proximity to the street and neighbors, all the interior spaces move away from the façade, in order to create more intimate, protected “patios”, which translate into an ambiguous relationship in the exterior-interior dichotomy, reinforced by the existence of the shutters. In this way, sectioned ecosystems are created that erase any memory of life outside.

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

Here, landscape architecture plays a fundamental role in creating natural, visually idyllic spaces, with native and sustainable trees and shrubs, which protect, provide shade, even scents, or simply gives an aromatic herb to improve the flavors of food at mealtimes.

living room

The inner organization is quite rational. In the back is located the garage, with transversal communication and which allows interior access through a first section dedicated to the services (laundry and technical area). The entrance is at the center of the house, protected from the street by the extension of the walls. The private area of the rooms has total autonomy from social spaces. The living room and kitchen are related to each other, although being independent spaces with distinct relations with the exterior. On the upper floor, we find the complementary programs, the gym and the office, which extend to the balconies.

living room

The interiors are frugal and the concrete ceilings and aluminum frames stand out, but it is undoubtedly Riga wood that brings comfort and detail to everyday life.

On the outside, natural materials are preferred, such as granite or wood in the shutters, but it is the huge concrete slabs and the finishing of all the facades in cream-colored bituminous paste that bring a visual balance, a sober presence on the street.

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

kitchen

dining room

bedroom

bedroom

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

bathroom

home office

Casa em Ílhavo / M2Senos Arquitectos

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