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Casa Elíptica By Mário Martins Atelier

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Completed in 2014, the Elliptical House by Mário Martins Atelier is based on a geometric shape and volume carved by the landscape.

Located in the small village Luz in southern Portugal, the building sought to offer balance between fullness and emptiness, weight and airiness, light and shade. With its elliptical base, the house is built intentional sculptural and organic. The shape simulates the movements of the wind and the sea that want to embrace the wide floating oval which subtly delimits the central patio of the house.

Just like the plain white exterior, the interior design is also very minimalist. It creates a casual connection with the house, maintaining the same bright white color that can be found on most houses in this sunny hillside. Without being aware of where the house begins and ends, a special ambiance can be experienced. Casa Elíptica has a fluid, creative design with natural geometric contours, defining the house architecturally in its natural setting.

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