Over the Melides lagoon with views over the vast Atlantic Ocean stand four contemporary houses alluding to the typical Alentejo and surrounded by Mediterranean flora, such as cork oaks, olive trees, pine trees, and arbutus.
Four houses projected by Manuel Aires Mateus merge with the Mediterranean landscape. The design explores and conveys the concept of patios (or courtyards), where interior and exterior blend together and connect with nature — an idyllic scenery of the southern region where more sunny days let us take full advantage of the outdoors.
Arts & Crafts
Pa.te.os favours the manual work and craftmanship carried out by master carpenters, master stucco workers, and specialised stonemasons. The Portuguese artist Olga Sanina collected local foliage and brought that bit of nature inside.
South of Comporta, in the world’s third-largest stretch of sand, along the ocean, the natural lagoon and the rice fields, we find Melides. Just over an hour from Lisbon, Melides is the perfect location to genuinely connect with nature.
The houses were thought-out with care, where well-being and taking a break are to be indulged to the fullest. Decorated with light and natural materials, the four Pa.te.os houses are a way of being home away from home.
The perfumer Lyn Harris crafted an exclusive fragrance that captures the freshness of the pine forest in Melides and the salty dampness of the coast, intersecting them with the earth, the stone, the wood, the concrete, and all the materials that help erect the four Pa.te.os houses in all its “purity, beauty, space, breathing, and silence”.
With views over the ocean, surrounded by plots of land for the cultivation of grapes, Pa.te.os are seamlessly integrated into the natural landscape of Alentejo’s coastline. The wine-producing work follows deep respect for the preservation of soils and the ecosystem.