House in Leiria.

House in Leiria.
By ARX Portugal. [Leiria] Portugal.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
The portuguese studio ARX brings this home, with clear and pure lines. Inside and outside are constantly linked by courtyards, which are opening and closing to the landscape.

Memory of project.

The house is located in a "typical" peripheric urbanization of Pousos, a parish of the municipality of Leiria. Situated east of the city and at high ground, it works as a sort of panoramic belvedere over Leiria.

So as to assure for more space and complete access to the faraway view, the owners bought the three lots ahead, over the "cliff". Although each lot allowed for the construction of a basement and two more storeys, usually compacted and isolated in the centre of the lot, this assemblage allowed the possibility of having a lower house, which "embraced" portions of garden space.

When we went to the place the first time, the streets surrounding the lot had already been made and, because of the earth displacement necessary for the street making, the land rose suddenly, starting from the sidewalk, like a suggestive construction of a topographic nature. On the surroundings, all the neighbor houses were already built and circled the lot in an "L" shape configuration.

The conception of the house emerges directly from the way we observed this reality. Dealing with a single-family house of large dimensions for local standards, we chose to divide the construction volume in two parts. read more


ARX Portugal, Founded in 1991 by Nuno Mateus e José Mateus.
In 1993, ARX was the subject of the exhibition "Real Reality" which opened the cycle of Exhibitions of Architecture of CCB. Since then it has participated in numerous exhibitions. Highlights the Exhibition "ARX - Arquivo / Archive" at the Centro Cultural de Belém, inserted under the celebrations of its 20 years. more