Malaca House by Mario Martins Atelier in Lagos, Portugal

Project: Malaca House
Architects: Mario Martins Atelier
Location: Lagos, Portugal
Photographs by: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Malaca House by Mario Martins Atelier

The Malaca House is a wonderful contemporary residence set in Lagos, Portugal. It’s design was completed by Mario Martins Ateliera studio whose Zauia House project was recently showcased on our site along with many others.
The Malaca House is a very luxurious home that is decorated with a huge landscaped outdoor area and a beautiful infinity swimming pool. Its interior design makes use of the minimalist and open floor plan principles to create a stunning living area.

The design of this new house was based on a pre-existing, somewhat uninteresting construction which was not fit for habitation, although it did have interesting stone walls.

The main floor of the house sits on a stone wall, on the upper part of the land. This has three bedrooms and an office which is reached through a generously lit corridor.

A lower space rises naturally from the natural characteristics of the physical support, “sandwiched” by the stone wall, where there is the main entrance to a full-height area, with a living room next to an open kitchen. This communal area opens out to a glass wall that goes down to the ground with a view of the countryside, which still has a rural atmosphere.

The house has been redesigned with a contemporary language, but using a scale, forms, elements and materials present in the local architecture. The intention is primarily to reach a compromise between the vernacular architecture and a modern design, which is simple with a quiet presence and where the natural vegetation, of almond and carob trees typical of the Algarve countryside, predominates.

And so the forms are discreet and the materials are natural: the stone on the walls and all the floors, the visible concrete and the white walls that reflect the intense and constant Algarve sun.

Mario Martins Atelier


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