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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Casa do Cristo

Framed by a small plot within the expanse of its agricultural surround, the Casa do Cristo allows its context to dictate its organization and resultant form.

By: Jose Carlos Nunes de Oliveira and Paulo Costa

Architecture-Page | Casa do Cristo by Jose Carlos Nunes de Oliveira and Paulo Costa
View of the Casa do Cristo amidst its surrounds.

Further the architects recognized the need to release land for expansion of the house to the exterior, submitting the house to a minimum of occupation of the plot and to the mandatory distance of 7 meters to the axis of the road. The shape of the small plot thus largely conditioned the profile and formal composition of the designed building.

Architecture-Page | Casa do Cristo by Jose Carlos Nunes de Oliveira and Paulo Costa
Perspective view of the staircase that cuts the residence into two.

The house is backed against the extreme northern end of the plot, closing it against the precarious urbanity of its surroundings. The maximum height allowed by the municipal plan i.e. 4 meters was explored.

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