The site is on the outskirts of Leiria, in a high position overlooking the city.
The architect Manuel Aires Mateus has finished this house in Leiria, Portugal with unique and creative design of architecture. By exploring not too large space for the building, the architect explored the underground floor more creatively. However, the smart arrangement of the architecture makes the castle at the center of the city gets much natural light. The functions are banal: a house divided in private area with bedrooms, and social area with living-rooms. The private areas are at street level under the plot, around a central courtyard with rooms opening to private patios in a intimate environment. The living rooms are around a void, that collects light from above and gazes the castle at the city centre.
The architecture design of the Leiria Castle enables much natural light entering the interior through the void. Besides, the courtyards surrounded by private areas also get much natural light from the void to the level garden. Located on the high area with the view of the city and Leiria outskirt, the castle looks so special with the unique architecture design.
Architects:Manuel Aires Mateus
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Collaborator: Humberto Fonseca, Luísa Sol, Tiago Santos
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© images FG + SG