Casa em Monsaraz: A Protected Courtyard Embracing the Water

Aires Mateus

Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Alentejo, Portugal
Area: 174 m2
Year: 2018
Photography: Rui Cardoso

Facing the boundless expanse of Alqueva Lake, the house requires a center: a protected courtyard embracing the water.

It uses the terrain to cast a dome that covers the social areas and is the center of life in the house.

An inverted dome intersects it and creates an opening that lights the space, shaping its precise geometry and limits.

The bedrooms open onto circular patios. Amid a wide natural landscape, the scale of the house is that of the patios and dome above.

They are the sole visible elements, painted in radiant white.