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Casa Vale de Margem

Casa Vale de Margem is a single storey farmhouse located in a rural part of the Algarve and surrounded by open countryside.

A white contemporary building with an additional wing was created to take advantage of the open aspect to the west. The challenging topography of the site was integrated into the concept at an early stage by creating several layers inside the building which connect the open plan spaces. Large glazed sliding elements connect the fluid open plan interior with the contrastingly rugged external areas. A long external retaining wall wraps a protective cloak around the main building and was constructed using stone that had been excavated during the build process. Locally sourced clay tiles were used referencing the original farmhouse floor.

Casa Vale de Margem


  • Faro District, Portugal
  • ultramarino|marlene uldschmidt architects