December 10, 2012, 8:31 pm

The residence is cleverly photographed in frames where unless a child’s figure or an object is added one loses its scale. The images add another abstract meaning to the residence accentuating its colour and form.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino in Benavente, Portugal. Photography ©FG+SG | Fernando Guerra.
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‘The plot is located in the middle of a ‘montado’ landscape, being the best views to the north with a lake and the skyline punctuated by cork oak trees. The house is organized in a compact volume of two floors, complemented by three courtyards all different in size and features. A first large courtyard, enclosed, intimate, situates on the south side, embracing a big existing cork oak. Next to the back entrance there is another smaller patio, for service. The third courtyard works as a key element in the relationship between home and the north side – it’s a slim space with a large horizontal opening that frames the landscape – it has an atmosphere of an ‘inner space outdoors’, the light is soft, by reflection on the outer wall that receives direct sunlight. This vertical courtyard communicates with a staircase that leads to an open terrace, the last element of the sequence of spaces, patios and atmospheres that go from more introspective and private to more open and outside.’

Text by Miguel Marcelino
ARCHITECT: Miguel Marcelino, Lisbon, Portugal. COLLABORATION: Pedro Dourado. LOCATION: Vila Nova de Santo Estêvão, Benavente, Portugal. DESCRIPTION: residential. STATUS: completed. AREA: 282 sqm. STRUCTURAL AND PLUMBING ENGINEERING: Pedro Monteiro. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: Orlando Sousa. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Campelo & Campelo. LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Ana Amaro. DATE: 2012. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
Three Courtyards House
Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino in Benavente, Portugal

Fernando Guerra photographers engage in a game of scale, colour and shadows.

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