Designed by ARX Arquitectos
Known for adopting an original vision and fresh approach in respect of each new architectural project ARX Arquitectos have conceived and designed this monumental example of Minimalist House Architecture. The project is in Aldeia de Juso in Portugal. ‘Monumental’ in appearance yet sited on a particularly diminutive plot the architects have worked creatively to maximize the use of the limited space and provide a light, spacious and attractive family home for the clients.
The first impression of this ultra modern minimalist house is one of an emphasis on privacy. From the outside the solid walls of the ‘cubic’ construction appear totally impenetrable to any unwanted attention from neighboring residents or passers by. However, once inside the building, the focus shifts from one of weight and mass to an opposite atmosphere. This time the construction provides a light and airy minimalist environment for the future occupants. Walls of sheer plate glass allow unhindered views to the garden area. This is one of the main ways that the architects have created an illusion of space within the house. By removing visual barriers they have introduced the exterior space into the house. Also, the glorious light associated with the Portuguese climate is welcomed into the main living areas. The light casts fascinating shadows which in turn creates a dynamic shifting ambiance in conjunction with the rectilinear forms of the minimalist architectural features.
Minimalist house architecture and design by ARX Arquitectos
The whole minimalistic house is built using a system of pure straight lines and uncompromising angles. The simplicity is typical of the Minimalist ethos which dismisses the application of superficial ornamentation as creating undesirable and unnecessary visual and ergonomic hindrances. From a practical point of view, the simplicity of this build is an additional strategy for maximizing the use of the limited available space, this being one of the architect’s chief concerns.
The modern house is constructed over three storeys, thus enabling ARX Arquitectos to extract the full volumetric potential from the small plot. From the landscaped pool area at ground level each floor of the house has been sensitively planned to make the most of the every centimeter of available space. Even the area on the roof has been attractively terraced so that the fabulous views over the ocean and mountains can be enjoyed from this uninterrupted vantage point.