House in Ourém: Filipe Saraiva’s simple yet sophisticated home

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

When children are asked to draw a house, they draw a simple five-line representation.

Portuguese architect Filipe Saraiva has designed a home that is based on the simple perception of a house that a child would have.

Despite its apparent simplicity, the House in Ourém has a masterful level of sophistication and elegance.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

This house is located on a rectangular land plot in Ourém that is a characterized by a strong descending slope, with the difference between the highest and the lowest points on the plot reaching 4.5m.

 

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House in Ourém is the Abstract Idea of a House

When children are asked to draw a house, they draw a simple five-line representation that consists of a rectangle and two squares.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

Regardless culture and different architectural references that are associated with different places, this representation of a house is universal because it represents the idea of a safe shelter that protects us from the surroundings.

Filipe drew inspiration from this abstract perception of a home to create his simple yet sophisticated design.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

Developing the idea

House in Ourém was developed using the modular composition principle.

This allowed the architect to create a strong rhythm in the house’s façade and roofing system.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

Since the house is composed of repeated modules, pre-fabricated black concrete panels were used.

Using such material has a dual benefit of reducing maintenance costs as well as helping the house integrate with its beautiful natural surroundings.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

The house’s interior has an open plan and multilevel areas that facilitates interaction between the house’s residents.

A dominant use of white color and wood materials is a feature that characterizes the House in Ourém’s interior.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

The white color gives the house a minimalist, modern feeling while the use of wood helps to give the place an overall cozy feeling.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

 

Despite its deceptively simple shape, this house responds well to its surroundings, the strong inclination of the site and offers a relaxing and inspiring space that makes a great family residence.

 

House in Ourém by Filipe Saraiva - architecture design

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