The low weight of the coating and GFRC elements make this material is a desirable alternative. Lower weights mean easier lifting and installation, and replacement of terracotta with a lightweight material will also load on the structure.
ARQX Arquitectos has projected this Open Blockhouse in Porto, Portugal, and is located on 555 m² of land area. A room, a house, a small detached house in an attempt to maintain a constant relationship with the outside world through a concrete and glass walls to determine. This house really designed to give a physical comfort and aesthetic look for the owners and gives a visual journey and experiences that are guided by the interplay between “Light and shadow”.
The basement develops below the height of the street, and is organized into a large living room with a small multipurpose room and toilet, laundry room, a bedroom with bathroom and a garage. This recreational access to different levels of the house through a staircase completely open about the different areas of traffic, creating a visual relationship between all levels, which translates into a monumental psychological space of habitable space.
On the floor of 0 is located common area, establishing a privileged relationship with the garden and pool.
The first floor has 4 rooms is served by four private bathrooms give each space its independence and unique relationship within the home. This space is framed in a system of cabinets where the doors are not visible fully integrated into aa clear and simple philosophy of distribution space. All compartments are equipped with direct light from outside, making the most of the potential energy landscape and the environment.