Eduardo Souto Moura, Quinta do Lago, Algarve: 1984-89

This holiday home in the Algarve is located on a housing estate next to a golf course. Local building regulations strongly influenced the project: it had to have one storey only, cover not more than 20% of the plot area, have no annexes and be white. In view of this, together with the client's wishes, I decided the house should take the form of a parallelepiped standing on the golf course. Typologically, the building is a cross between certain southern vernacular architectures and - strange as it seems - some Chinese buildings (I had just returned from a trip to Macau).

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