Walkway Extends Over Rooftop Of Algarve Farmhouse Extension By Marlene Uldschmidt

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Marlene Uldschmidt’s extension to an previous farmhouse in Portugal’s Algarve area attributes windows that cover total walls and a paved rooftop promenade that affords views of the rural landscape . 

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

The 120-square-metre extension provides a lounge and dining room for Casa Vale de Margem, a single-storey farmhouse located in a rural element of the Algarve – a popular tourist location and the southernmost region of Portugal.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

Regional studio Marlene Uldschmidt Architects added the wing to the corner of the L-shaped farmhouse, freeing up area inside of the outdated building for bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen.


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The extension comprises a series of split levels that rise with the sloping topography.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

Grooved clay tiles cover the floors of the extension, adding warmth to the white walls and referencing the resources utilized in the unique farmhouse.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

The exact same tiles cover the flat roof of the new wing, delivering a walkable surface that can be employed as a viewing platform to survey the surrounding farmland.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

“The intervention ought to be balanced harmoniously and over all integrated with the surrounding open countryside,” explained Uldschmidt. “In buy to create spaces flooded with light and air, a white contemporary creating as an extra wing was produced to take benefit of the open factor to the west.”

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

“The difficult topography of the web site was integrated into the notion at an early stage by generating a number of layers inside the creating which connect the open-prepare spaces,” she additional.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

Due to the slope of the web site, the extension is somewhat elevated over the level of the current home.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

The extension wraps around a narrow patio, protected by a stone wall created from boulders unearthed throughout the excavation for the foundations.


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This wall screens the house on one side, softening the transition between white walls and the landscape.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

Whilst the outward face of the wall attributes exposed stonework, the inside face is plastered white in retaining with the white walls of the property.

“A extended external retaining wall wraps a protective cloak about the primary developing, mimicking the topography and tends to make the transition in between the land and the constructing,” explained Uldschmidt.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

Large glazed doors slide open to link the new residing spaces with the gravelled patio and gardens, which attribute sparse planting and low stone walls.

Casa Vale de Margem by Ultramarino Marlene Uldschmidt Architects

Uldschmidt set up her architecture studio in 2004 and launched the interior style company Ultramarino in 2011. She has previously developed a split-degree home constructed into the side of a hill in the Algarve fishing village of Ferragudo, the place her studio is also primarily based.

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.


Venture credits:

Architects: Ultramarino | Marlene Uldschmidt Architects
Undertaking writer: Marlene Uldschmidt
Crew: Maurícia Bento
Structure: Protecna Engineering Staff
Carpentry: Equipa Quatro, Comércio e Construcões

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