A Dance with Nature, Adopting Geometrical Harmony
February 29, 2024

Casa Elíptica is not just a house; it's an architectural wonder embracing the beauty of an ellipse. Playing with light, shade, fullness, and emptiness, this house beautifully integrates the physical and virtual spaces into a mesmerizing design.

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierCasa Elíptica by Mário Martins Atelier, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierAn architectural wonder embracing the beauty of an ellipse, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

As the inhabitants step in, a central patio welcomes them with a grand ellipse roof framing the vast sky. Inspired by the wind and sea, this elliptical design delicately defines the central patio, creating a captivating view. Spread across two floors, the ground level connects the central patio to the living spaces, offering an open and central layout with expansive sea views. Meanwhile, a more secluded area houses bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen, all opening to the south and framed by the ellipse's emptiness, giving the house its unique shape.

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierCasa Elíptica is adorned by a grand ellipse roof framing the vast sky, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierThis elliptical design delicately defines the central patio, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

The upper floor hosts the fifth bedroom, providing a serene space with endless high sea views. A basement serves as a parking area and technical space. Following the elliptical shape, outdoor terraces seamlessly blend with the garden, creating a dynamic layout that connects indoor and outdoor spaces effortlessly.

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierThe interior of Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins Atelier, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

The interior, covered in white paint, enhances the house's weightiness and airiness, making it a striking presence in the natural landscape. The fluid connection between the interior and exterior adds to the experience, blurring the lines between where the house begins and ends.

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierThe interior of Casa Elíptica is covered in white paint, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

The essential ellipse roof, with a fully open space in the middle, adds aesthetic charm while balancing light and shade. It serves as a walkable roof, allowing inhabitants to enjoy the scenery as the day transitions from warm to cold. The organic design, reflecting natural shapes, harmoniously positions Casa Elíptica within its natural setting—a true architectural gem where geometry meets nature.

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierThe essential ellipse roof, with a fully open space in the middle, serves as a walkable roof, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierCasa Elíptica by Mário Martins Atelier, Photo by Fernando Guerra / FG+SG

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierGround floorplan 

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierUpper floorplan 

Casa Elíptica by Mário Martins AtelierElevation 

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Project Location
Lagos, Portugal
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Completion Year
2016
Project Location
Lagos, Portugal
Completion Year
2016
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