Falésia D’El Rey House by [i]da arquitectos in Obidos, Portugal

Project: Falésia D’El Rey House
[i]da arquitectos
Obidos, Portugal
Area: 8.761 sf
Year: 2023
Photographs by:
Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Falésia D’El Rey House by [i]da arquitectos

Nestled along Portugal’s Silver Coast near Praia D’El Rey’s dramatic cliffs, this architectural gem finds its harmony between nature’s grandeur and domestic tranquility. With the Atlantic Ocean and the Berlengas archipelago as a backdrop, the design is a testament to the duality of absorbing breathtaking landscapes and creating sheltered spaces.

The house comprises two distinct volumes: a lower plinth, characterized by its robust sandy material, guides you from the entrance to a captivating West-facing terrace. Upstairs, an L-shaped volume embraces the panoramic natural beauty. Below, leisure and guest quarters reveal the coastal magic, where intimacy meets the endless ocean horizon.

On the Silver Coast, near the cliffs of Praia D’El Rey, the place is characterized by the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, with the Berlengas archipelago in the background, as well as by the strong winds common to this coast.

The duality between the desire to contemplate the grandeur of the landscape and the need to create protected domestic environments determined the principle of the project.

Built parallel to the coastline, the house is composed of two overlapping volumes with different functions: the lower volume acts as a plinth that draws the most sheltered outdoor areas of the house; the upper volume, in an L shape and supported on the plinth, embraces the extraordinary natural landscape of this territory. Under this volume, we can find a shaded and transitional space between the garden and the patio.

The plinth, distinguished by the strongest material and sand color, articulates the spaces from the East facing the entrance to the wide staircase that leads us to the West facing terrace-belvedere:

The entrance of the house, sheltered and shaded, stands out for its materiality. The garden, facing south, accommodates the solarium and the swimming pool in continuity with the staircase. The patio, a square of 10×10 meters, is characterized by its intimate and protected atmosphere. And the terrace, in contrast with the enclosed space of the patio, opens onto the immensity of the ocean.

Inside, the main spaces of the house are located on the upper floor. Downstairs, on the other hand, is located in the leisure and living areas and the guest bedrooms.

[i]da arquitectos


Tags: [i]da arquitectos, contemporary, exterior, interior, luxury, modern, Obidos, pool, Portugal, swimming pool

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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