Villa AH: An Algarvian Beach House by CORE Architects ♦ If there’s a paradise on earth, Secrets from Portugal might just have found it! – Situated in the most beautiful location amongst Iberian pine trees with small, but very distinct, view lines over the ocean – Villa AH is one of the most recent beach house projects conceived by CORE Architects. Follow us below and find out how this house combines Feng Shui inspirations with more traditional accents.
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Situated on a soft-sloped plot within a forest of Iberian pine trees with small but very distinct, view lines to the ocean and facing South, the house provided perfect conditions for a Feng Shui-inspired home by the ocean. The general orientation of the house created the ideal energy flow for the client, reflecting her strong and uniquely authentic character.
The CORE team began by adding a few important Feng Shui adjustments, like centring the entrance door and making it North-facing. In addition, CORE revitalised an existing, but neglected, patio, as a featured connection of earth and heaven, while at the same time making the patio part of the kitchen area and a visual extension of the smallest bedroom.
The requirements for the layout were very clear: The client wanted to extend the amount of space in her new home to double the sized area of the living space with a two-storey extension. Open-space living, as well as connecting inner and outdoor space, were some of her key priorities. In addition, as a mother of three grown-up daughters, each one used to bring friends over, and with four dogs and one cat, she didn’t want to be worried about delicate materials or damaged surfaces.
The client also prioritized the use of authentic materials and appliances over modern or high tech “snobby chic”. She chose rustic natural stone and wood for the flooring, rough linen and wood for furniture and interiors, un-manicured concrete stairs, micro-cement uneven plaster and crittal windows. Old fashioned toilets, with high tanks and chain to pull the water, installed light switches, and rustic metal stands for the heavy natural stone wash-basins contributed the rustic character of this house.
The visible oak beam roof construction provided a double ceiling height over the living area and a quality craftsmanship roof over the master bedroom. Combining traditional detail with efficiency and value, all roofs were also highly insulated.
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Source: Core Architects