Like a modern castle near the sea in Lisbon, a house of stone, concrete glass and wood has more leisure amenities than meets the eye. The solid construction is a barrier against the harsh Atlantic wind and incorporates enough glass to highlight the view of the golf course and sea. And, the patio features not just one pool but two — a traditional style pool and the second a glass-bottomed, second-story show stopper. Created by Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, the house is fronted by a concrete facade and surrounded by a low hedge of native shrubs, trimmed to complement a contemporary design. The house numbers and walkway are elements that provide a hint of the modern interior and special exterior lounging areas.
The modern concrete front belies the natural beauty behind the house, facing the golf course. Verdant grass and layers of plantings in sand-covered planting beds connect the structure with the landscape.
Around the corner is the highlight of the house: A double pool system that positions a second pool above the main one. The second level pool has a glass bottom, allowing water-focused light to enter the main area and providing a view of swimmers from below.
The main patio area around the pool has wonderful views of the golf course and ocean, with plenty of space for dining and lounging on the modern white furniture. The construction of the area forms a space that feels delineated yet open to the outdoor landscapes.
Those who lounge on the patio are quite literally surrounded by water — below, above and in the distance. It’s the perfect environment for water lovers as the relaxing vibe permeates the entire outdoor space. The modern design is definitely softened by the inclusion of the water in the novel pool design.
Beyond the pool area, the house makes the most of its surroundings by using native plant materials that not only fit with the landscape, but are also very low maintenance. This is particularly good for dry summers when native plantings are sturdier. The concrete construction uses a large amount of glass to capitalize on the views and bring plenty of light into the interior of the home.
Just as the pools run perpendicular to one another at the back of the house, the crisscrossing elements of the walkway and concrete support structures have a similar geometry. The hillside yard features small paving stones that provide a design element as well as a structure that controls rainwater flow and erosion.
The interior of the house is sided by glass walls, which make it feel at one with the outdoors. Plentiful natural light opens up the hallways, causing them to seem wide open and airy. A minimalist modern design lets the landscape and outdoor elements shine.
Amid all the areas for relaxation are some stunning, highly functional spaces like the kitchen. Also very modern and bright, the kitchen features modern seating, a large central island and all the latest appliances. The minimalist, handle-less design contributes to the sleek style and clean appearance. Floating cabinets also make the space seem more open without the bulk of cabinetry sitting directly on the floor.
The view from the house is of the pool area, and from this window, it is of the concrete and wood structure that provides privacy. The lounging area is completely shielded from the landscape, offering the utmost in privacy to this end of the pool.
From the main level, a clean, neutral-toned wooden stairway leads to the bedroom level of the home, where there is access to additional private lounging areas as well as the second level swimming pool.
Once upstairs, a marvelous vista unfolds. The bedroom has an expansive private deck area and amazing view. A glass wall that open to the deck features voluminous drapes for privacy and darkness. The space overlooks the grassy courtyard and main pool deck below.
The bathrooms in the home are also spacious with a minimalist sensibility. This long, narrow bathroom features a full vanity area cordoned off from the extra-large shower by a glass wall. An inset shelf helps keep bathroom clutter to a minimum yet offers enough shelf space in the shower.
At the other end of the house, a glass-sided garage is reachable via a spectacular spiral staircase. The see-through wall is perfect for highlighting a collectible or luxury car. The staircase itself is also a stunning design element and the view from the top is extra special.
A night view of the house from the exterior reveals the design and how it is possible to see through the structure while the glass reflects the outdoor landscape. It is relaxing, cozy and open all at the same time.
Overall, the home is a fortress of luxury for water lovers. It sports plenty of relaxation areas that can double as entertaining space when necessary. The rest of the home is a prime modern retreat for those who love the outdoors and a spectacular view.