Villa Além: Valerio Olgiati’s own house in Portugal

Almost of the Brutalist vein in terms of layout, the single-floor home features a canal-like pool, situated at the center of the rectangular plot. Juxtaposing open, airy spaces with an overarching enclosed aesthetic.

 

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

 

In a recondite place abounding in cork trees in the Alentejo region of Portugal, ten kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is the villa which the Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built for himself and his wife. Four concrete walls rise up to 5.5 meters and fold to give shade to and keep winds out of an inner garden where a longitudinally positioned swimming pool establishes the symmetry axis of the complex. Seemingly taking on a secondary role, the building is situated along one of the four sides, at the south end of the pool, and hides within it, behind a curving wall that separates the living room, the more private living spaces. 

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