casa com patio

casa com patio

Architect
Mayer & Selders
Location
Funchal, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses

House with a patio overlooking Funchal bay

Mayer & Selders as Architects

This house is built in a privileged location, within Funchal’s amphitheatre, a renovation of a small pre-existing stone house that was kept untouched except for an external thermal insulation. Two new elements were added: an annex and a pitched roof, replacing but keeping the footprint of unruly previously built add-on constructions.

 

A light steel frame construction system was used in the new bodies which facilitated their assembly. Predominately natural materials were used for their inherent quality and environmental awareness by reducing toxic waste on site and the use of plastics and resins. For a seamless thermal and energy efficiency, thermal insulation was used beneath the wood cladding and double glazed aluminium window and door frames were used in every room.

 

One of the goals of this intervention was to even out the volume of the old house and the new constructions through colour, blending in the use of distinct materials, techniques and construction eras. The rendered walls of the stone walls were painted white and the wood cladding from both LSF built elements were lacquered white. 

 

The family that dwells in this house has an open minded lifestyle which played a fundamental role in the design of its interior spaces. Cooking, living, dinning, relaxing and working spaces all flow freely and are located in the old house. Here a wide glazed and articulated window fully opens to blur the boundaries between inside and outside. Activities and space extends towards the outside through a wood deck which is covered by a wooden pergola.   

 

Floating above this area, an open mezzanine visually and spatially connects all social areas. It’s used as a work station under the protection of the new pitched roof. However, leisure, relaxation, music and playground also take place here, with a special emphasis on a hanging mesh that reinforces the transparency and interior spatial connection. 

 

All sleeping and bathing areas are located on the new construction, benefitting from a patio that provides natural light and fresh air. A raised leisure plateau is created on top of it, which is the only place where openness towards the city and landscape is desired, opposed to the introverted and intimate living concept provided by the new architecture that turns within itself. This terrace is accessible through the mezzanine and is provided with a jacuzzi, wood deck and planters used both for privacy and bio-production of vegetables and herbs for own consumption. 

 

Previously waterproofed paving in the surrounding exterior surface was replaced by garden areas which provide healthier living and ambience.

Project Credits
Contractors
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
thermal insulationAmorim Wise
WindowsCortizo
structureLSF - Light Steel Framming
Product Spec Sheet
thermal insulation
Windows
by Cortizo
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill passes away aged 82
14 Jan 2022 News
Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill passes away aged 82

Studio Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (RBTA) just announced the sad news that their founder h... More

Cedar-clad OG House by Omar Gandhi Architect maximizes a narrow lot in the vibrant North End of Halifax
14 Jan 2022 News
Cedar-clad OG House by Omar Gandhi Architect maximizes a narrow lot in the vibrant North End of Halifax

On a narrow lot in the vibrant, historic North End of Halifax, this project combines the primary res... More

Sculptural Stormwater Facility by gh3* architects in Toronto tells a compelling story of urban water treatment
14 Jan 2022 News
Sculptural Stormwater Facility by gh3* architects in Toronto tells a compelling story of urban water treatment

Treating urban run-off from Toronto’s new West Don Lands and Quayside neighbourhood developmen... More

Top 10 Trending Products of 2021
13 Jan 2022 News
Top 10 Trending Products of 2021

A look back at the most specified products of 2021, including a retro table lamp, a classic light sw... More

17th century Amsterdam canal house thoroughly renovated with colour and creative details
13 Jan 2022 News
17th century Amsterdam canal house thoroughly renovated with colour and creative details

Originally constructed in 1675, this once neglected canal house has been renovated by Amsterdam base... More

Dramatic pyramidal roof peaks define Foster + Partners’ Datong Art Museum
12 Jan 2022 News
Dramatic pyramidal roof peaks define Foster + Partners’ Datong Art Museum

Featuring four interconnected pyramidal roof peaks that appear to emerge from the earth below, the D... More

Helsinki International Airport expansion plays with concepts of lightness in combination with extreme weight
12 Jan 2022 News
Helsinki International Airport expansion plays with concepts of lightness in combination with extreme weight

The newly opened expansion of the Helsinki Airport by ALA Architects expands and modifies the existi... More

PANNAR Sufficiency Economic & Agriculture Learning Center offers an inspiring example of sustainable architecture in rural Thailand
11 Jan 2022 News
PANNAR Sufficiency Economic & Agriculture Learning Center offers an inspiring example of sustainable architecture in rural Thailand

In light of challenges resulting from the unprecedented rate of technological advancement, increasin... More