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Mortuary House

Mortuary House

Project Description

Integrated in a hybrid residential context that crosses urban and rural references, the mortuary house emerges as a composed filter between the heavy construcions surrounding and a universe of contemplation above the expanded nature and distant mountains.

Bounded by a municipal road, a farmland and the Church of Vila Caiz, the constructed volume results from the confluence between the axes of delimiters ground and visual equilibrium, framing the landscape and solar orientation.

The materiality of the building integrates and dissolves the context in which it operates, that was one of our most important points and that was also the key to the choice of grilles cover crops in concrete (filter of light and views). This material that is commonly used in parking lots was re-used and adapted to the project with a totally different function, the melancolic and calm game of light that his shapes create in the walls and floors of the interior transmits a peaceful quality that was intented since the beginning.

Granite floors, walls and paneling in conjunction with the whiteness of the plaster walls made the simple balance in between.

The interior space results mainly from three major interconnection between spaces, defined by an atrium and two rooms that can be joined or fragmented, depending on the circumstances. The whole building can become one solo space and that permeability makes him capable of different approaches.

The view of the distant mountains, combined with the gentle sound of the sparkle water from a tank, strategically placed bellow the house. As well as the reflection this same tank creates in the slope of the roof and walls of the mortuary house during diferent hours of the day are factors that catalyze an environment of neutrality, silence and introspection.


Mortuary House

  • Vila Caiz, Amarante
  • Portugal
Completion: 2014
Used materials
  • Wood
  • Concrete

Type of Building

Architect Office