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  BAC House, Bom Sucesso, 2008
PROJECT: "BAC" HOUSE Plots 406, 407, 412 e 413
PROJECT STATUS: Preliminary Design
LOCATION: Óbidos – Herdade do Bom Sucesso, Design Resort, Leisure & Golf
ARCHITECTURE: Madalena Cardoso de Menezes and Francisco Teixeira Bastos
COORDINATION: Madalena Cardoso de Menezes
PLOT AREA: ± 1.000m2
COLLABORATORS: Ivo Mateus, Sofia Silva, Sérgio Xavier (3d model)
MODELLS: Ivo Mateus
STRUCTURES: A400 – Projectistas e Consultores de Engenharia Civil, Lda

Single-family, three-bedroom villas – 190m2 – 3+2 homes
Phase III Resort
Plots 44, 45 and 49, and Plots 43 and 50 Stretching all along the plot's diagonal...
The project consists of a single-family, three-bedroom villa, with a 190m2 area, to be repeated in four similar constructions. The implantation on plots 43 e 50 (type 1 A) is different from the one proposed for plots 44, 45 and 49 (type A).
The reason for proposing different implantation options has to do with the dimensions and shapes of the plots, but above all with trying to achieve a less formal composition with the villas that lie along the street on the western side. The plots where these houses are located range from a maximum of 1134m2 to a minimum of 969m2 in area, with lengths ranging from 51m to 43m.
At the root of this project lies the intention of occupying the diagonal of a long plot of land, in what looks like the most promising way to generate dynamic interactions involving the plot, the golf course, the adjacent houses and the construction itself.
We sought the following: to get a strong relationship with the outside space; to make the most of the rooftop gardens prescribed by the master plan; to work with the existing topography; and to place the houses 5,5m away from the street line, so as to observe the master plan's directions.
We went for a lengthwise volumetry: dense construction at both ends, with openings on the walls, creating two solids that contain the private area to the west and the services area to the east. The centre is reserved for the house's social area, which will stretch between the extremities, with glass windows facing north and south, establishing an intermediate space between both ends.
The inner layout of the various spaces tries to induce a way of living that is less bound by the constraints of tradition. Although the social and private programmes are clearly separated, we decided not to make use of conventional space dividers such as formal halls, doors, differentiated routes and so on. In this way we can both isolate and communicate, we can be at the centre of the transversal flow among spaces. The various torsions and the 50cm level difference used in the construction allow us to define and steer the house's inner organization.
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