Two Amazing Houses Complement The Lagos Landscape

LuxMare is a project completed this year by architecture office Mário Martins Atelier and which consists of two contemporary houses that complement one another while managing to maintain their individuality. They’re like two peas in a pod, two separate parts of a set. They take the place of an old two-storey structure previously in very bad shape and another unfinished construction which occupied two large plots in Lagos, Portugal. The architects chose to get rid of everything old and to start fresh, creating two amazing houses that share a wonderful connection with the landscape.

The delicate curves mimic the topography creating a visual link between architecture and landscape
The delicate curves mimic the topography creating a visual link between architecture and landscape
The two houses are autonomous but look and feel like a pair
The two houses are autonomous but look and feel like a pair
Casa Lux sits on a higher level which allows it to frame the most amazing views of the ocean
Casa Lux sits on a higher level which allows it to frame the most amazing views of the ocean

The houses are autonomous, with both similarities and differences in their designs. Casa Mare occupies the lower plot and is completely surrounded by vegetation while Casa Lux takes full advantage of its elevation and captures the most amazing views. They both share a strong connection with the outdoors and include external features such as covered patios, marvelous gardens, poolside decks and even roof terraces. They’re also both defined by soft and elegant curves and the use of white plaster and wood to create clean and bright spaces with a Nordic-inspired aesthetic.

There are numerous voids and large openings throughout the two houses, each with a specific role
There are numerous voids and large openings throughout the two houses, each with a specific role
The houses stand out, being quite different from many of the structures that surround them
The houses stand out, being quite different from many of the structures that surround them
The area is populated with isolated houses, many from the '70s, which have large gardens around them. This project maintains a similar aesthetic
The area is populated with isolated houses, many from the ’70s, which have large gardens around them. This project maintains a similar aesthetic
Casa Mare is the one placed on the lower level and surrounded by greenery. It has a roof terrace with panoramic views
Casa Mare is the one placed on the lower level and surrounded by greenery. It has a roof terrace with panoramic views
By getting rid of the old structures and starting from scratch, the architects re-established the balance between architecture and landscape
By getting rid of the old structures and starting from scratch, the architects re-established the balance between architecture and landscape
The curved edges and clean lines of the houses reference the surrounding landscape and the ocean
The curved edges and clean lines of the houses reference the surrounding landscape and the ocean
Casa Lux has a fully-glazed ground floor volume which opens onto the swimming pool
Casa Lux has a fully-glazed ground floor volume which opens onto the swimming pool
The wavy lines are reminiscent of sand dunes and ocean waves
The wavy lines are reminiscent of sand dunes and ocean waves
The views are an important element which guided the entire design project
The views are an important element which guided the entire design project
Both houses take advantage of the panoramic views by welcoming them inside
Both houses take advantage of the panoramic views by welcoming them inside
Their interior designs are simple and focus around open floor plans
Their interior designs are simple and focus around open floor plans
Full-height windows and sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in without becoming overwhelming
Full-height windows and sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in without becoming overwhelming
Subtle Nordic hints are noticeable throughout the interior design, especially in the case of the private areas
Subtle Nordic hints are noticeable throughout the interior design, especially in the case of the private areas
The indoor living spaces seamlessly transition outside and maintain a strong relationship with their surroundings
The indoor living spaces seamlessly transition outside and maintain a strong relationship with their surroundings
The plots follow the gentle slope and make everything look and feel very organic throughout the entire property
The plots follow the gentle slope and make everything look and feel very organic throughout the entire property

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