RV House is a two-story modern house located in Ovar, Portugal, designed by Atelier d’Arquitectura Lopes da Costa in 2021.

The house is located on a long and narrow plot of land, making the most of the relationship with the outside by opening the social and leisure areas to the West and South. The volumetry is marked by horizontality, accentuated by the slabs and beams in white plaster, which contrast with the cladding of the walls in cement tiles.

Ovar is located in the north of Portugal and is known for its vibrant culture and natural beauty.












About RV House

Reimagining Architecture: Making the Most of RV House’s Long and Narrow Lot

This architectural marvel is spread over two floors and located on a long, narrow plot of land, which dictated its shape. Maria Albertina Street provides car access, while pedestrians enter from Régua Avenue to the South.

From the entrance hall, visitors can access the living room, kitchen, friends’ room, garage and gym to the South and North, respectively. The upper floor is smaller and features two bedrooms sharing a common bathroom, a master suite, and an office.

Maximizing Outdoor Space

The house takes advantage of the land’s relationship with the outdoors and solar quadrant. The social and leisure spaces open to the West and South, offering a partially covered patio. On the East side, an exterior pedestrian access is separated from the interior circulation by a large glazed area.

The bedrooms and office open onto balconies and terraces to the East, allowing for morning light, or to the South. The volumetry is marked by horizontality, with slabs and beams in white plaster for contrast, and walls clad in cement tiles for a unique animation. The 1st floor level openings and large glazing complete the building’s look.

Minimalist Design for Maximum Impact

The conceptual idea is based on a simple, clean, and almost minimalist design, evoking a formal elegance that speaks for itself. The house is a stunning example of how to make the most of a long and narrow plot of land without compromising on style.

Photography courtesy of Atelier d’Arquitectura Lopes da Costa

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