LuxMare Houses

LuxMare Houses

Architect
Mário Martins Atelier
Location
Lagos, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
TapsGROHE
Aluminium framesReynaers Aluminium
Floors Margres
Domotic / CCTVTechnoloje
CoatingBarbot
WallsBisazza

Product Spec Sheet
Taps
by GROHE
Aluminium frames
Floors
by Margres
Domotic / CCTV
Coating
by Barbot
Walls
by Bisazza

LuxMare Houses

Mário Martins Atelier as Architects

“Lux mare” means "light of the sea" and the name was chosen because of the light that the ocean, which extends as far as the eye can see, reflects. This is because of its unique location and view. The surrounding area is comprised of isolated houses, most of which were built in the 1970s with gardens around them.

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The two large plots had a two-floor dwelling in a very poor state of repair and another unfinished construction that is in the wrong place with the wrong size. This means that new constructions are the best solution to re-establish some balance and quality that the site deserves.

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The two new houses are supposed to be two individual parts of a set, two autonomous pieces that complement one another, two separate continents, where the contours clearly show the previous coexistence, or the union of two different people or an evocation of love through architecture. The slightly curved shapes suggest this connection, but the differences between them emphasize the individuality of each building.

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The Casa Mare, the front one, is built on a lower level and submerges into the garden as it is completely surrounded by vegetation, while the Casa Lux, behind it, benefits from its fantastic location. The houses snuggle down into the landscape without drawing attention to themselves. The only thing that is clearly visible is the horizontal glazed frontages that provide a frame for the different views of the almost perfect symbiosis: the surrounding greenery, the steep cliff, the wide-open sea and the sky.

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The voids in the buildings, with special attention for the wavy iconographic void and the use of wood are a tribute to one of the greatest architects of the XX century, Alvar Aalto and the Nordic design, where the client comes from. It is a quest for a symbiosis between the crudest architectural culture of the South and the elegance of Northern European design, so that the house is both the origin and the destination.

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The simple lines, the uniformity and the plasticity of the white plaster and the balance of the resources and the design are factors that should become a benchmark in responsible architecture.

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Material Used :

1. Floors - Hakwood, Margres, Living Ceramics, Vidrepur 

2. Walls - Bisazza, Vidrepur, Natural oak, Thermally modified Pine

3. Sanitary equipment - Valadares

4. Taps - Grohe

5. Aluminium frames - Reynaers

6. Glass - Cristalmax

7. Kitchen - J. Dias

8. Wardrobes / Doors - J. Dias - Roupeiros, EFM - Portas

9. Lighting - OHM, Lda.

10. Domotic / CCTV - Technoloje 

11. Coating - Barbot

12. Air conditioned - Daikin

13. Bomba de calor - Astral Pool

photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
photo_credit © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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