Designed in 640 sqm area in the Aroeira’s golf course, Portugal based architects ARX was design a modern lake house called House II. This house design by José Mateus y Nuno Mateus as the project team collaborated with Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Andreia Tomé, Marco Roque Antunes, Pedro Sousa, and Tânia Pedro. The house consists on three continuous bodies, articulated by two patios. The first body, a ground floor, is longitudinal to the entrance and is used as garage and working area. The second is transversal and comprises the common life of the house, the kitchen and living-rooms, overlapped in two storeys, opening up to the landscape.
The house design has specially centered on the relationship it establishes with the topography and the distant landscape. It has assumed a serpentine shape, sliding across the slope, leaning whether to one longitudinal limit or the other, therefore assuring privacy where needed and allowing the enjoyment of the landscape when wanted. At the same time the natural curve of land goes down, the roof goes up, and the house shifts from a ground-based situation to a floating one, supported by the delicate metal columns and drawing a trail across the garden down to the pool.