House of Arches: A Serene Getaway Home in Southern Portugal

Discover House of Arches, Vasco Lima Mayer‘s stunning contribution to Portugal’s vacation homes. This architectural masterpiece, built from ancient ruins, emphasizes comfort, open spaces, and a harmonious blend of past and present.

Designed for extended family retreats, it features expansive common areas, private relaxation zones, and signature arches that invite nature indoors while offering protection from southern Portugal’s heat.

Contemporary building with arches, surrounded by desert landscaping and tall cypress trees
Contemporary outdoor lounge with curved pergola and plush seating.
Elegant outdoor lounge with arches and linear wooden canopy.
Modern living room viewed through an open door, with comfortable furnishings and warm lighting.
Minimalist living room with large windows and neutral tones.
Modern dining room with wooden furniture and a view to the outdoors.
Outdoor dining area with a slatted wood canopy and rustic table setting.
Contemporary villa with arched entrance set amidst wild grass.
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About House of Arches

A Harmonious Blend of Past and Present

Nestled in the mild climate of southern Portugal, House of Arches stands as a testament to architectural ingenuity and a deep respect for historical preservation. Vasco Lima Mayer transformed a dilapidated ruin into a breathtaking holiday retreat, designed to accommodate an extended family. This project seamlessly merges traditional elements with modern design, creating a space that is as welcoming as it is aesthetically pleasing.

Expansive Spaces and Intimate Nooks

The ethos of the design centers around comfort and openness. The layout is thoughtfully arranged to offer expansive common areas for gatherings while ensuring individual rooms provide sanctuaries for relaxation and privacy. The interior, bathed in natural light, maintains a relaxed summer vibe throughout the year, making it an ideal setting for extended stays.

The Signature Arches: Where Design Meets Function

Perhaps the most striking feature of the House of Arches is its namesake structure. The arches do more than add visual appeal; they create a liminal space that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors. These architectural elements invite the lush landscape into the home while providing a shield against the intense regional heat. This innovative approach to design emphasizes the importance of harmony between a building and its environment.

By preserving the essence of the original ruin and integrating it with new, transformative additions, the House of Arches serves as a bridge between the past and the present. It stands as a symbol of how architecture can respect and enhance the historical value of a site, while also fulfilling modern-day needs and aesthetic desires.

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- by Matt Watts