Minimalist House in Paço de Arcos
This “all about white” house has been designed by Jorge Mealha and build on a sloping site in a friendly neighborhood in Paço de Arcos, Lisbon, Portugal.
The idea of this project was to create a modern house based on a simple strategy and a functional program which consisted in the arrangement of several volumes that could create an attenuation of the overall mass. To obtain this effect the architects used large plain surfaces and in-between tensioned spaces in order to let the light invade the space and to emphasize the geometry of the space. Some of these surfaces are covered in metal screening in order to filter the views and the sunshade control between interior and exterior space.
Everywhere you look, inside or outside the house is all about the white, which might create a stark feeling but the design is really gorgeous. The designers played with the volumes and the result is an exceptional massing. The staircase seems to be a little insecure, being slightly detached from the walls and covered in a white finish, providing at the same time the opportunity of lightning reflected by the white walls. I personally would like to see a little touch of color, maybe with the furniture.