Located in the privileged area of Sal-Rei, in the island-country of Cape Verde is the residential project, Houses in Praia do Estoril by the Portugal based José Adrião Arquitectos. As the project is within close proximity to the city centre, residents have direct access to the beautiful beach and dunes of the Praia do Estoril.
The Houses in Praia do Estoril project itself consists of 18 detached houses which collectively form a small residential area in the middle of an alley that leads directly to the seafront promenade of the Sal-Rei and the beach of Praia do Estoril. The Houses in Praia do Estoril consist of either two or three bedrooms and a small and private courtyard. The walls that form the enclosure of the courtyard permit the residents a private and relaxing atmosphere, whilst protecting them from the wind and sand from the beach.
Houses in Praia do Estoril provide an minimalist abode that reflect the relaxed and easy lifestyle of a beach house
Each of the Houses in Praia do Estoril has two floors, with the kitchens space and living room area located on the ground floor. The layout of living room areas depend on the configuration of the house; some open directly onto one or two porch spaces that create a seamless continuity between the interior and the exterior. Furthermore, the framework design of the windows and its deep opening, gives the impression that one is almost completely connected to the outdoors, emphasising this continuity between the interior and exterior. The porch space of the Houses in Praia do Estoril consist of an exterior, shaded lounge area, that protects the interior of the house from any direct sunlight and rain.
Along the upper level of the Houses in Praia do Estoril, are the private areas; with the bedrooms and the two bathrooms. Each of bedrooms and bathroom spaces open onto the balcony, and are protected from any direct sunlight and look onto the beautiful surroundings and the beach. Within the courtyard space of the Houses in Praia do Estoril, there is a small swimming pool and garden space.
The finishings of the Houses in Praia do Estoril are very minimalist and informal. All the paving is made with weak concrete, whilst the walls and ceilings are plastered and painted in white. All the aluminium frameworks and finishes are lacquered in a matt white color.