House in Melides by Pedro Reis
The “House in Melides” is a quaint representation of escape from the bustling city as it sits nestled on the southern Alentejo Coast of Melides, Grandola, Portugal. As the winning proposal of three ateliers in an architectural competition, architect Pedro Reis designed this home to be split into two parts where one side is more exuberant and open while the other is more intimate and comprised. The upper volume provides a synthetic image of the home with its large glass rooms that give way to the breathtaking countryside. Yet, the lower volume acts as an ‘expansion zone’ as it sits clad with earth colored concrete sheets providing more intimacy for its occupants. This abode serenely captures the essence of being inside and out emphasizing on the enjoyable sense of living close to the comforts of city life.