The HC was founded in 2004 by Helder Coelho after a long experience of work that began in 1996. The company specializes in the development of projects of architecture, interior architecture, urban design and infrastructure.
With the development of the activity the company has extended the network of contacts and partnerships, which include consultants, partners and experts in various areas, from the infrastructure and stability, environment, legal and technological, that allow us to work in any area of the globe. more
Helder Coelho Arquitecto
Rua Dr Francisco Sá Carneiro,nº33, Parque Dona Maria II
4780-448 Santo Tirso
Mário Martins was born in Lagos, Algarve – Portugal in 1964, and graduated in 1988 from the Architecture Faculty of Lisbon Technical University. He worked for about one year in the architectural practice of Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira, and occasionally with the architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça. At the end of 1988 he decided to return to Lagos, setting up Oblíqua Arquitectos with the architect Vítor Lourenço, with whom he developed many projects before the partnership ended in 2000.
Since then, through the company Mário Martins Atelier with Maria José Rio (his business partner and wife), he has continued to focus exclusively on architecture, assisted by his enormously dedicated and hard-working team.
With a contemporary style influenced by the place in which he mainly works – Algarve – his projects have undergone a natural process of evolving and maturing. more
Mário Martins Atelier
Rua Francisco Xavier Ataíde de Oliveira – Lote 31/32 . Loja P
8600-775 Lagos – Portugal
(Entrada pela Av. Cabo Bojador)
The owners of this beautiful holiday villa in the south of Portugal lead busy lives. With this in mind, we ensured the color palette was subdued, thereby creating a calming, relaxing mood. The lady of the house has a penchant for luxury, stylish fabrics, the warmth of special objects, and details.
This is reflected throughout the home, which is infused with a distinctly feminine touch. We further created a serene atmosphere by choosing tone-on-tone grouping for the sand-colored accessories and textiles, such as fine linen.
We emphasized the summer feeling by opting for transparent curtains that gently ripple when the wind blows. As this is a holiday home, the experience is different to a primary residence: you spend more time outdoors yet expect the same comfort as inside.
This is why we created an abundance of places to rest, sunbath and eat – including an outdoor spot with an open fireplace. The interior and exterior are perfectly in balance, thanks to the use of local natural stone for both.
Studio Piet Boon is an internationally renowned design studio, recognized for its multi-disciplinary design services and it’s remarkable talent of balancing functionality, aesthetics and individuality into one of a kind design experiences. Shifting boundaries and setting new standards.
The studio’s heritage lies in Amsterdam and the nearby Zaanstreek, a region well known for its typical innovative spirit and ‘getting the job done’ mentality as well as being the ‘motor’ behind the success of the epic Dutch Golden Age. It was in the Zaanstreek where painters, woodworkers, carpenters, masons and other master craftsmen turned smart entrepreneurs and tastemakers as early as the 15th century. Building on this grounded mentality and creative expertise Studio Piet Boon was established by Dutch designer and Zaanstreek local Piet Boon (1958) in 1983.
In the Atlantic island of São Miguel, in Azores, an old stable was converted into two guest houses. The clients are a couple determined to share the beauty and costumes of their native island with the people they’ll receive at Pink House. Together we have developed a program that would fit the demands and expectations of those who travel to the Azorean islands looking to discover it’s nature, culture and people, while being comfortably accommodated in a rural atmosphere, instead of a generic hotel.
The design’s main goal was to keep the construction’s character and it’s rural atmosphere, while adapting it’s structure to a completely new typology and contemporary regulations. New openings where carefully shredded in the façades and a new volume was added to the main construction, allowing for a second, smaller house to appear integrated in the whole.
The bigger house develops in two levels. The ground floor is opened to the surrounding exterior spaces and reaches out to it’s different heights, creating a semi-level floor where an open social space gives access to the private suites and service area. The upper floor contains the social spaces and it was designed as a free plan so it could be taken advantage of the roof’s structure and it’s height. From the kitchen there’s access to an open terrace situated on top of the smaller ground floor house.
New elements have been integrated like the exterior stairs, the pit fire area or the use of whitened wood in the interiors are re-interpretations of the traditional architecture in the Azores, witch we wanted to dignify with this project. Keeping it’s original colors, pink and ocher, was also an important issue to maintain its integration within the context, as all the buildings in the street, kept in the same family for generations, still have them.
All images courtesy of Mezzo Atelier
Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Oliveira are Mezzo Atelier, a young Italian/Portuguese practice working both as a studio and as a practical laboratory. The two architects, with different professional backgrounds, run a multidisciplinary atelier developing architectural projects, installations, interiors and self produced objects and furniture. Inspired by Bauhaus’ concept of global art, their goal is to design spaces and objects as a hole, achieving a complete customization for each project and clients.
The control of each step of the design process is fundamental, working from the concept until the production and realization of the pieces on their workshop, whenever the project’s scale makes it possible. This approach to the design practice makes it possible to depend less on third parties and develop hand-made and unique pieces.
Mezzo Atelier has been invited to tutor self-construction workshops in Milan, Lisbon and Azores. After having worked in the Netherlands and Brazil they have set base in Italy from where they develop projects for other countries like Portugal and the Netherlands.
Giacomo Mezzadri I 1980 Italy
Giacomo is multidisciplinary designer whose infinite curiosity makes him cross the borders between architecture, art and design. Having finished his architecture studies at Politecnico di Milano, he then decided to explore other scales along with the Dutch art collective Atelier van Lieshout, based in Rotterdam. There he worked for 3 years, developing objects, sculptures, art installations or exhibitions, from conception phase until the actual execution of each piece. In 2011 he works in São Paulo and completes a post-graduation course in Escola da Cidade.
Joana Oliveira I 1983 Portugal
Joana drew her architectural path along the globe for some years now. Living until she was 18 years old in São Miguel Island in the Azores, she then moved to Lisbon to study Architecture. Her last year of studies was at the Bauhaus University of Weimar in Germany and soon after she started a period of four years of work in Rotterdam, where she collaborated with STAR – Strategies + Architecture, de ZwarteHond andHappelCornelisse. Later, in 2011 she searched for a new challenge and moved to São Paulo in Brazil, where she worked at Studio Arthur Casas until the end of 2013. There she also enrolled a post-graduation course in Escola da Cidade about Architecture and Urban Planning in the American continent. In 2014, Joana collaborated as copy writer for the portuguese representation at the Architecture Venice Biennale, the news paper, Homeland – News from Portugal, curated by Architect Pedro Campos Costa.
The QL House is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Algarve, on the Portuguese southern coast, a singular presence in an essentially residential neighbourhood. From where it was erected it is possible to see captivating surroundings: golf courses, residences, the estuary and, dominating the background, the Atlantic Ocean.
The QL House project was an exercise in balancing spaces and landscape integration. The articulation of two overlapping and perpendicular spaces generated not only a particular spacial dynamic, but also different visual relations between full and empty, light and dark – caused by the dynamic of shadows – between private areas, semi-private areas and the view of the surrounding landscape.
Two stories and a basement encapsulate a precise functional program: garden, swimming pool, sun room, living and dining room, bathrooms, a regular kitchen and a summer kitchen, four bedrooms, an office and space for a playroom.
Circulation takes place through a continuous stairway along the indoor garden, which illuminates all the indoor spaces in this home. This nuclear garden structures the direct interaction between the entire indoors and the outdoors, gifting all spaces of the QL House with the luxury of natural lighting.
The spaces were designed to create constant and singular relations between the indoor and outdoor spaces, in a permanent and multifaceted dialogue.
The bedrooms, on the first floor, face the green surrounding landscape, and take advantage of the terrace on the roof of the living room and summer kitchen in order to create areas for contemplation on the top floor. The space occupied by the bedrooms extends in both directions beyond the bounds of the first floor, hovering over the empty space, in a serene and quiet balance.
On one side, a balanced veranda greets the main entrance to the house, on the other side, a pergola provides shade for the living area by the pool and living room, making particularly hot summers more enjoyable.
The main entrance to the house is through a door of unusual dimensions, in line with the imposing scale – one of the singular features of this architectural piece.
White concrete walls formalize the spaces in the QL House, in a chromatic mimicry of the buildings in this region of Portugal – designed with a particularly hot climate in mind.
The natural cork lining, a traditional Portuguese material, is articulated in the connection between the space and the land. The bedrooms, on the other hand, feature slats and motorized metallic shutters in their lateral openings, which filter light without making it impossible to contemplate the surrounding landscape, surely one of the valuable assets of the QL House.
The project was structured primarily with the goal of valuing the relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces, the creation of complicities between the user and the landscape, and the former with the created space.
Visioarq Architects is an architecture and design office that is the reflection of its professionals and its vision of Architecture as an essential discipline to order space from objectives. Our highly motivated and qualified architects and designers fully recognize the importance of professional commitment and creativity.
With a large and diversified portfolio, Visioarq develops and executes from 1998, major projects with intervention in the areas of equipment such as Hospitals, Office and Public Buildings, as well as numerous interventions in the Commercial and Residential areas.
With the systematic use of 3D photorealism from a very early stage, Visioarq has always allowed the anticipation of reality, allowing its clients a true partnership relationship in which it is possible to anticipate, modify and “feel” the work while still in the design phase.
A golf course is limited by empty plots for detached houses and scattered trees of various types and heights. At the ground level an immense lawn is only interrupted by sandboxes and low vegetation arrangements. Above it, between the foliage of the treetops, we discover the distant views of the ocean (to the South) and the mountain (to the North).
Five white terraces are stacked to allow us to move vertically and experience these different scales of the surrounding landscape. The voids between them create space for human and vegetal occupation, constantly hidden or revealed, formalizing the illusion of an interior garden or an exterior house.
Like a wall in a Castle not in stone, but in concrete, glass and wood.
Not to for protection but because of the neighbours and the strong Atlantic Wind.
A Patio house with a Mediterranean country culture in the hardness Atlantic Coast.
A big Window opens to the golf and scenery sea views can be seen from the interior and exterior spaces.
Two exterior pool’s located in the patio crossing each other, one in the ground and the other in the air.
Born in 1977, Ricardo early discovered his passion for photography. He began his academic training in architecture, having worked for 10 years in major national and international Architectural projects.
After architecture came the world of music, where, in addition to musician, was photographer and producer, film director and director of photography of videos “Point of Light” and “Bue” from the album “Xinti” Sara Tavares.
In 2010 launched the Ricardo Oliveira Alves Photography which combines photography and architecture, his two greatest passions, fusing the vision of the architect with photographer’s vision. Since then he has been working with the most emblematic national architectural projects and with the most respected architectural studios.
His work is marked by capturing the “life” of architectural projects, registrant, whether through photography or film through the interaction of spaces and forms with the surrounding light generating a complementarity that only architecture can. His latest technique “Archilapse” is the result of his creative ability and years of experience in these areas. As the name implies, this approach arises from the crossing of “Architecture” and “timelapse”.