Atelier Data

The house is located in Vilamoura, municipality of Loulé, one of the most touristic places in Algarve and one of the top vacation destinations of the Portuguese. Set in a neighbourhood of single-family houses, the project focused on an existing building dating from the 80s and on which it was proposed an intervention aimed at expansion and adaptation to a new program. Thus, the project of rehabilitation / expansion focused on the following principles:


★Designing a solution that articulates the pre-existing construction with a proposal of expansion able to interpret the housing program and fit simultaneously to the pre-existing construction.

★Invest on a clear distinction between private and social areas, taking advantage of the “L” configuration of the pre-existing construction.



★Enrich the generator concept of the existing house, the porch, emphasizing the connection between interior and exterior with the creation of larger openings in south and west facades;

★Insert the "patio" as an additional element in the resolution of issues associated with natural lighting and ventilation of the house, exploring simultaneously the crossing visual relations;

★Increase the area of the pool with a water mirror, resulting in a total surface directly proportional to the construction that involves it, creating simultaneously a privileged area of ​​outdoor living.





Volumetrically, the project tries to introduce greater clarity to the constructed object by correcting some alignments and reinforcing the “L” configuration that the building originally held. The combination of the initial construction masonry plans and the exposed concrete plans allow us to identify the different "times" of the house, combining pre-existing structure with the recent intervention, which are intended to build new spatial relations and new programmatic commitments. These new "bodies" enabled simultaneously to articulate the connection that the house establishes with the streets, which is closed, and with the garden, which is opened.




Functionally, the program is distributed on one floor only.

The Hall operates as a “kneecap” from which the two major areas are distinguished - social area on the left wing and the access to the rooms that develops threading the entrance area. The area corresponding to the social program includes the kitchen, the dining room, the living room and the large porch that relates directly to the pool. The extension of the pool supports the visual relationship between the living room and the water level while enhancing the connection between the building and the pool around which is located the large outdoor living area. The more restricted area results from linear distribution of three bedrooms, the last being the master bedroom of the house, where a new volume receives the toilet, dressing room and a small patio between them, responsible for lighting and ventilation in these two spaces. Still in the entrance area the office/library allows to open or close itself, compressing or dilating this area, with it being possible, in the future, to integrate it in the bedroom wing.


在功能上,案例僅分佈在一個樓層。因此大廳作為一個"樞紐"運作功能,兩個主要區域是突出的 - 左翼的社交區域和穿過入口區進入房間。與社交項目相對應的區域包括廚房、餐廳、客廳和與游泳池直接連接的大門廊。游泳池的延伸提供客廳和水面之間的視覺關係,同時加強建築與位於大型室外起居區的游泳池之間的連接。狹長範圍變大,三間臥室的線性分佈,主臥室位在最後一間,新空間容納廁所、更衣室和它們之間的小天井,負責這兩個空間的照明和通風。並仍在入口區域,辦公室/圖書館允許自己開或關,縮減或擴張這個區域的可能性,在未來可組合成臥室翼。


We opted for the use of traditional materials and coatings, as exemplified by the cement materials, plasters, woods, and the pottery of local tradition, combined with the construction of new elements in apparent concrete with wood planks formwork that allowed a certain plasticity to the material, adapting it to the scale of the house program. The painting of the house in an off-white color acts as an articulating element of the design, unifying the pre-existing structure and new building elements.




Project Information

Project Name: CASA SOL

Location: Vilamoura, Loulé, Portugal

Architect Office: Atelier Data

Lead Architect:Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão

Completion Year: 2014 

Area:314 m²

Photographer:Mercês Tomaz Gomes

“WE ARE A LISBON BASED OFFICE WITH AN ENTHUSIASTIC AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM. WE WORK IN ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM AND DESIGN, PRODUCING “OUT-OF-THE BOX” IDEAS TO THE GLOBAL MARKET. OUR FOCUS IS IN THE SEARCH OF STRATEGIES IN ORDER TO FIND CLEAR AND INNOVATIVE ANSWERS TO REAL PROBLEMS.“ We believe that each project is the “engine” of its own investigation, allowing a critical, creative and innovative approach. Diagrammatic and elementary representations are both the outcome of a process and a means of diagnosis, research and communication of new solutions. Among several competitions ATELIER DATA has been distinguished with the 1st Prize of the International Competition “RE:VISION DALLAS” with the project “Forwarding Dallas”, Dallas, United States; 1st Prize in the 1st Edition of the International Lisbon Ideas Challenge, with the project “Power Fold”; 1st Prize in the “3000 viviendas” Competition in Vallecas, Madrid, Spain (Master’s Collective Housing); 1st Prize in the “VECTOR E – Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, with the “Power Fold” project – competition organized by the Innovation, Technology and Development Politics Center IN+.

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