Secluded Garden

architect Valerio Olgiati
project Villa Além, Alentejo, Portugal 


This project is located in Alentejo about 10 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The area features a hilly, rural landscape and is covered with beautiful old cork oaks.

The climate is mild and dry. The primary intention here is to create a secluded garden. The surrounding walls are up to five and a half meters high to provide the necessary shade, while the entire impression created is one of a desert: dry, stony and dusty. Everything is constructed from slightly reddish, in situ concrete.