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  • Project Title

    Casa das Freiras

  • Winning Firm

    Mario Martins Atelier

  • Lead Designer

    Mário Martins

  • Awarded

    PLATINUM AWARD, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, Redevelopment & Renovation
  • Project Link
  • Project Location
    Lagos, Portugal
  • Project Status
  • Completion Date
    January, 2020
  • General Contractor
    Mae - Marques Antunes Engenharia

  • Architectural Firm
  • Architect Firm / Studio Name
  • Lead Architect(s)
    Mário Martins
  • Other Team Members
    André Coutinho; Mariana Franco; Rita Rocha; Sónia Fialho; José Furtado; Gonçalo Guimarães; So Yeon Lim; Thais Bressiani; Helder Lima
  • About Firm
    The company, Mário Martins Atelier based in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal, has worked for many years in the fields of architecture and urbanism, which has led to the company’s continuing and sustained growth. MMA has clients from different countries and from the most diverse backgrounds and cultures. It always aims to respect people and places, the past and the present, and to contribute to a more sustainable, balanced and better future. The market determined the company’s expansion to Lisbon.

The house was built from scratch on the degraded space of a vehicle workshop. A new building appears behind a really massive, powerful wall that is more than a meter thick, guarding the memories of successive occupations and that now plays the role facing onto the street. The wall provides ancestral tranquility for the patio house, a common design in the surrounding area because of the long Moorish occupation.
In a more reserved area, there are 4 bedrooms that open onto the garden.
A central patio is a pivotal point for the entrances, a source of natural light and mainly a privileged zone for

Photo Credit: Mario Martins