Casa do Lago is a contemporary estate home situated in near a main lake of a golf course in Aroeira, Portugal, designed by Lisbon-based studio Frederico Valsassina Architects. The ‘lake house’ is comprised of different spaces, social/private, day/night, with the creation of a large terrace close to the pool. The house was sited on the property to create visual alignments in the direction of the surrounding lake area. The service areas have been strategically placed to occupy less favorable spots so the social spaces take in the spectacular views.
According to the architects, “A distribution space, by the entrance, articulates the relation between the private areas and the social space of the house, underlining the interaction between the land’s configuration and the definition of the dwelling’s programmatic scheme. The terrace assumes itself as a natural extension of the living area, promoting the constant dialogue with its surroundings and the flexibility in the appropriation of the different proposed spaces. On the other hand, the choice of the materials, proper from the region, emphasizes once more the search for the integration of the contemporary Portuguese house in the specific context of Aroeira’s urbanization.”