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Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino

By Sophie Johnson


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Miguel Marcelino created this contemporary home in 2012 for a client located in Distretto di Santarém, Portugal.

It features three distinct outdoor living areas, including an inner courtyard, a semi-enclosed courtyard, and a patio.

Three Courtyards House by Miguel Marcelino:

“The plot is located in the middle of a “montado” landscape, being the best views to the north with a lake and the skyline punctuated by cork oak trees. The house is organized in a compact volume of two floors, complemented by three courtyards all different in size and features.

A first large courtyard, enclosed, intimate, situates on the south side, embracing a big existing cork oak.

Next to the back entrance there is another smaller patio, for service.

The third courtyard works as a key element in the relationship between home and the north side – it’s a slim space with a large horizontal opening that frames the landscape – it has an atmosphere of a “inner space outdoors”, the light is soft, by reflection on the outer wall that receives direct sunlight.

This vertical courtyard communicates with a staircase that leads to an open terrace, the last element of the sequence of spaces, patios and atmospheres that go from more introspective and private to more open and outside.”

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Photos by: Fernando Guerra of FG+SG

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