Exclusive Architecture: Aesthetic Family Housing with Unique Concrete Lines by Contaminar Arquitetos
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Images © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
Like a symbolic landmark, this family housing project in Portugal emerged in an exclusive architecture style which makes it look unique. Situated on a highly landscape area in Leiria, Portugal, the Quinta do Rei Residence as it’s called by the local architecture studio Contaminar Arquitetos that built the project, the unique structure appears a monolithic volume evoking topographical layers. At first glance, the family housing reveals stacks of concrete ‘lines’ that gradually distort and shrink upward before reaching a kind of summit that frames scenic views of the semi-rural context ahead. Moreover, the exclusive building structure seems to take on a new shape and proportion at every turn, giving the impression of a dynamic body growing in sync with its natural surroundings, as it’s captured in an extensive photographic series by Fernando Guerra according to Designboom.
Apart from its sculptural aesthetic outlook which makes passersby to be curious, the layered and vertical design by the architects Contaminar Arquitetos, also includes a functional aspect. These stacked concrete lines, or rings, effectively protect residents of Quinta do Rei from excessive sunlight or public exposure while still opening up clean horizontal views of Leiria at every level. Then the striated balconies offer a sense of progression the higher up one goes, with different plays of shadows, different layouts, and different perspectives opening up thanks to the gradual ‘distortion’ of lines wrapping around the structure, as documented by Fernando Guerra according to Designboom.
Location: Quinta do Rei, Leiria, Portugal
Program: Family Housing
Photographer: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
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