A house of lights and shadows where water is the primordial element

The Luum House is located in Faro, facing the valley of Agostos, in Santa Bárbara de Nexe, Portugal. An interior area protected from the coast. A landscape in the Mediterranean style, structured in small plots delimited by stone walls, trees, water tanks and small constructions. The house by Pedro Domingos Arquitectos is placed in this context, embedded in the slope and twinned to another existing house.

A walled patio is the central space of the house, an outside living room that contains a raised water tank.

The program of the house is organized on two levels. The entrance level consists of the patio, the tank, the kitchen and four bedrooms, while the upper level incorporates the living room and the solarium.

The house is built with a basic system similar to local popular architecture: white concrete floors, white walls and ceilings, wooden window frames and steel sliding doors. The water containers of the house (bath tank, counters, washbasins and showers) are made in massive local stone.

The atmosphere of the house is defined by a set of spaces of light and shadow where the water is the primordial element.

Design and info © Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

Images © Fernando Guerra

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