Located near the village of Praia da Luz in Lagos, Algarve in the South of Portugal, the Villa Escarpa was designed by the architectural practice of Mario Martins.
The condition for the plan was that the new house would be built in the space of a previous building and this allowed a perfect setting overlooking the Algarve coastline and the Praia da Luz village. This setting was also very steep and vulnerable to winds but these difficulties determined the basis for the project.
The building features a simple geometry and a contemporary design with sheltered terraces and courtyards to ensure a permanent connection with the outdoors and a place where you could enjoy the sunny climate. The terraces have been cut from the white and transparent horizontal volume which sits on an exposed concrete support to give the impression of the house hovering above the landscape.
The interior has an open plan with the garage and technical areas on the lower level, a roof terrace above and four bedrooms in the private area accessed through a corridor running along the central courtyard.