Surrounded by an unspoiled landscape, this modern residential construction on the outskirts of Arraiolos, Portugal, is a small guesthouse for tourists as well as a private residence. Behind that white facade, two floors spreading over 800 square meters compose a double function structure known as Villa Extramuros. Reinterpreting the concept of the old manor houses of the Alentejo, studio Vora Arquitectura created a stunning home sprinkled with contemporary details and defined by the use of modern materials and furniture items. Its privileged location within an olive grove allows the architecture to stand out. Three large openings corresponding to the entrance, dining and living room break the monolithic structure.
This white facade and interiors are interrupted by cork ceilings, walls and design elements softening the pristine look. A square courtyard surrounded by the reception area, the living room, kitchen and dining room captures necessary natural light and guides it inside while offering a private outdoor space. From here, owners and guest can access the upstairs, where four separate volumes ensure privacy. This upper floor contains four guestrooms in two volumes, the master bedroom occupying the third volume and owner’s living spaces – the fourth volume. The simple volumetric design ensures a classy space arrangement that is both inviting and unobstructed.