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Split into two volumes, Coimbra-Steinman House offers distant views of Lisbon

The contemporary residence by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos sits firmly amid a golf course field in Lisbon, Portugal, presenting a minimal and aesthetic design.

by Jincy Iype Oct 03, 2019

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, an architecture studio based in Valencia, displays quintessential contemporary designs in its work – minimal structures in white, punctured with sleek, unadorned openings, bathed in light and set in wide-open spaces. True to its signature is the firm's recent residential project, Coimbra-Steinmann House, which with its identical virtues is located in the upper part of a golf course field in Lisbon, Portugal.

Rooted in and dictated by its neighbouring contoured landscape, Coimbra-Steinmann House overlooks the city of Lisbon. The naturally descending topographic site allows the residence to emerge from the hills, built on a longitudinal surface, with a triangular geometry. In accordance to the wishes of the clients, the house is open to the surrounding greens, whilst delivering a private and quiet space to enjoy the outdoors.

  • The two volumes of Coimbra-Steinman House serve different purposes of the residence | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The two volumes of Coimbra-Steinman House serve different purposes of the residenceImage Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • The Coimbra-Steinman House emerges from the hills, and overlook the green terrain | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The Coimbra-Steinman House emerges from the hills, and overlook the green terrainImage Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The linear architecture of the structure comprises of two longitudinal expanses. Their point of encounter houses the study areas, and the entrance of the house. The home’s living areas are situated in the straight, lengthier volume of the structure. This volume features panoramic windows, which allow abundant natural light inside, lending vitality and openness to the building.

  • Model of the Coimbra-Steinman House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Model of the Coimbra-Steinman House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Model of the Coimbra-Steinman House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Model of the Coimbra-Steinman House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The other slightly winding piece of the structure unfolds from the point of contact, and houses bedrooms and private facilities. The basement level is located at the merging point of the two volumes, and hosts an array of storage spaces. Flanked between the two pieces is a patio, which plays a converse role of protecting the structure and opening up to the green terrain outside. The residence also features a swimming pool and a terrace area.

  • The open living areas of Coimbra-Steinman House | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The open living areas of Coimbra-Steinman House Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • One of the bedrooms at the residence | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    One of the bedrooms at the residence Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Interiors at the Coimbra-Steinman House | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Interiors at the Coimbra-Steinman HouseImage Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • A bathroom at the residence | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    A bathroom at the residence Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • The minimal and aesthetic interiors at Coimbra-Steinman House | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    The minimal and aesthetic interiors at Coimbra-Steinman HouseImage Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

A bright and minimal aesthetic commands the residence’s interiors, with its monochrome furnishings emphasised by white marble and high-end finishes. The two connected volumes of the Coimbra-Steinmann House by the Spanish architectural studio hosts various functional spaces. Molded by prioritising the client's request and adjusting to its topographical constraints, the fresh design of the residence emulates a contemporary architectural language, and simultaneously, fosters a meaningful dialogue with its inhabitants.

  • Conceptual Sketch of the Coimbra-Steinmann House | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Conceptual Sketch of the Coimbra-Steinmann House Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Ground Floor and Roof Plan | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Basement, Ground Floor and Roof Plan Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Cross and Longitudinal Sections | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    Cross and Longitudinal Sections Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • North East and North West Elevations | Coimbra-Steinmann House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos | STIRworld
    North East, North West, South East and South West Elevations Image Credit: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Project Details:

Name of the project: Coimbra-Steinmann House
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Architect:Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Portugal Partner: Paulo Santa Cruz
Principal in Charge: Estefanía Soriano
Interior designer: Alfaro Hofmann
Collaborating Architects: María Masià, Fran Ayala, Pablo Camarasa, Sandra Insa, Sevak Asatrián, Ricardo Candela, David Sastre, Vicente Picó, Rubén March, Jose Manuel Arnao, Rosa Juanes, Gemma Aparicio, Juan Martinez, Paz Garcia-España, Daniel Uribe, Javier Briones, Ángel Pérez, Tomás Villa, Sergio Tórtola, Marta Escribano, Phoebe Harrison, Daniel Yacopino

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Jincy Iype

Jincy Iype

Iype is a trained architect, who often indulges in writing and amateur photography. She was a cinephile and a melophile even before she knew what those words meant. She is inclined towards architecture journalism, and can usually be found curled up reading a book, or cooking for therapeutic relief.

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