Based on simplicity and its harmonious relation with the surrounding landscape, the ‘U’ shaped house is located in the region of Vila Boim in Elvas, Alto Alentejo, Alentejo, Portugal.
The main house has only one floor in a “U” shape. The U has its back facing against the slope, creating an inner courtyard. This way we are able to create a protected space that makes this initial promenade more personal and comfortable.
This courtyard that we call “pátio” shows a subtle drawing, marked by the spans inserted in a regular grid, a central flowerbed and a water tank flat against the retaining wall that goes all along the entrance path. An outside staircase allows the connection to the top of the terrain and to the housekeepers’ house. The three volumes of the “U” house are constituted by the different functions of the house.
In the center, facing the west and overlooking an overwhelming landscape, the social areas, entrance hall, living room and dining room. In the north side, the service area with kitchen, a small dining room and technical areas. To south the private parts of the house, an area with four bedrooms.
The choice of these traditional materials was, in a way, a concern to integrate the house in the rural context where it is located, however the drawing and the purity in the details refers to a more contemporary architectonic approach.”