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Innovative Ideas from Aires Mateus Arquitectos

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This stunningly original use of sand as carpeting – in what seems like an attic cottage – is from the innovative Portuguese studio Aires Mateus Arquitectos.

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In fact, it is not an attic, but the cottage is part of Casa Areia is one of three cottages for beachside accommodations.

The living room/kitchen cottage has been lightly built on a beach, and simply allows all the sand to continue from outside to inside.

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The two bedroom/bathroom cottages have traditional floors – so you are not sleeping with sandy feet.

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In another work, the studio employs the ubiquitous strips seen everywhere now – but in such a novel way it is as if it is the first time you’ve seen it. Not only the walls are screened – but even the floor.

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Here a wind break around a swimming pool invites the sky in larger chunks as a pattern generated by blocky cutouts.

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In a recent work, in Leira, Portugal, a windowless house appears like the tip of an iceberg showing above ground level.

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The house itself is under ground.

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It gets more than enough daylight from a central courtyard opening in the ground, as well as through the giant skylight in the roof.

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For this Housing for the Elderly in Alcácer do Sal, Aires Mateus Arquitectos offer a respite from village life for those gradually relocating from this life to the hereafter, in yet another creative way.

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They say we are alone in death, and each bedroom in this retirement home is isolated and removed from the village it is set in.

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Yet all the isolated dwellings are connected in a whole: a shared future.

From a distance it has the blocky uniformity of a cemetery.

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