House in Horta do Vale, Odeceixe

The summer house is located in Odeceixe, on a steep slope between two streets. It consists of two blocks, strategically placed to embrace the surrounding neighbourhood in a conciliatory gesture. The blocks are unaligned in accordance with the vocation of the place and the ancestral logic of occupation in this town. Like two revelation boxes, they form a zigzag on the outside, with two staircases linking three pateos on different levels. The lower one leads to the entrance hall and a visitor’s room, while the other, on an intermediate level gives, onto the living area (kitchen, sitting-room, main bedroom) and a fountain. The last one, on the upper level, leads to two bedrooms. The outside spaces are not mere scenery but a dynamic force that organises the whole, forming a continuous space that extends inside the compartments – hollows dug into the monolithic surfaces, marking familiar rites.


Pedro Matos Gameiro and Marta Sequeira

design team

Paulo Dias, Francisco Cunha, João Varela, Maria Marçal Gameiro


João Paulo Cardoso - PRPC, engenheiros

project year

2015 - ...


rendering matos gameiro arquitectos photography Paulo Dias