A modern, minimal house located on the outskirts of Leiria, Portugal by Aires Mateus. The house doesn't have any windows on the sides and at the back but instead, a square opening on the roof allows light to filter in through the living and dining room areas. The bedroom and play areas are at ground level, situated around a central courtyard that you can look down into and also collects light from above.
The house is a recognizable archetype emptied of its centre by the light designed by a three heighted courtyard that opens horizontally at the garden level. The bedroom courtyards, revealed in the garden, relate with this archetypal object providing different readings on its scale. Scale and volume are controlled in a chaotic context, with a clear identity that from its core relates with the historical legacy far away: the Leiria Castle.