Casa no Tempo/

Aires Mateus


Project Details



Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo / Portugal



Year (Design/Construction):

2010 / 2014

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 335 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Through the recovery of a house, the project  engages with the history of the site, regaining the qualities of the past, while also reducing its embodied energy consumption and waste generation.
  • The house takes advantage of natural light and ventilation with its large windows.

Project description as provided by the Architects:

It all began with the recovery of a house, consolidating its foundations to address a problem with capillary humidity.

The recovery then developed into a proposal for an extended intervention, like the recovering of a territory.

The goal of the construction was to liberate the landscape and emphasize the qualities of the place.

These kinds of projects are very intimate exercises; transforming a pre-existing structure into a house and regaining the qualities of the past.

It is a proposal that emerged from an understanding of the project’s relationship with time.

Authors : Manuel Aires Mateus / Francisco Aires Mateus

Project leader: Maria Rebelo Pinto

Collaborators: Luz Jiménez, Matilde Girão

Photos: Juan Rodriguez and Nelson Garrido (instagram:

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