Carrara House

Carrara House

Mário Martins Atelier
Luz, Lagos, Portugal | View Map
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Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
ManufacturersGROHEEurocube Joy
ManufacturersFlosIC Lights Floor
ManufacturersTribùBRANCH, Mood Sofa
Sanitary equipment Duravit
Air conditioned, Heat pump unit, Solar collectorsDaikin

Product Spec Sheet
Sanitary equipment
by Duravit
Air conditioned, Heat pump unit, Solar collectors
by Daikin

Carrara House

Mário Martins Atelier as Architects

Casa Carrara has, in a less obvious way, a certain sculptural character that is present in both Casa Colunata and Casa Elíptica, where the curved and dynamic forms are treated like a volume sculpted from a rough block that has been brought to life. In Casa Carrara, more angular and longer forms are sculpted in a parallelepiped where, without losing their origin, full and empty spaces coexist as living areas. To be noted is the terrace, more than thirty metres long, which functions as an embellishment or a pinnacle – but one that is paradoxically horizontal - the finishing element in an architectural ensemble.

Elements that have come down through the history of architecture, which simultaneously support, give meaning, scale and elegance to any project. The terrace is therefore a conceptual reinterpretation, in a deliberately dry and simple language, to show its clarity and proportions.

The terrace, as an integral part of the house, at the same time fulfils the function of providing a frame for an especially privileged place, giving shade and establishing the physical relationship of the rooms, aligned to the south and looking out to sea, where the living room and the kitchen coexist in a single open space, organized by their functions, subtly defined.

The suspended pool is part of this sculpted volume, intensely white, interspersed with the authenticity of the marble and by its irregular patterns, which appear to show the way to the entrance and to mark areas of access.

And, only with the purity of white and the natural stone, has a diversified house been designed. One with full and empty spaces, weight and lightness, light and shade, in which the interior and exterior meet in pleasant corners, sheltered or deliberately exposed, to enjoy this place and the horizon, so distant but as simple and linear as the design of this house.

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Carrara House

GROHE as Manufacturers

 Cool white stone contrasts against the azure blue sky of Luz, Portugal. The Carrara House uses striking, simple silhouettes and finishes, allowing the architect, Mário Martins, to play with notions of weight and weightlessness, light and shade. A dramatic, 30 meter-long terrace draws the eye along it and towards the sea. This unadorned space both frames and shades the main living space, as well as giving various access points to the open-plan living room and kitchen within.

 An infinity pool further extends the space, from which water cascades into a shallower pool in the sloping garden below, creating an almost hidden, shady spot, screened by water droplets – another playful touch, which also emphasizes the gradual slope of the plot. Inside the spaces are just as streamlined, with crisp, clean lines throughout. Visual texture is added via panels of pale marble, with GROHE Eurocube fittings making the perfect Cubist punctuation for the luxurious bathroom space.

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