Aires Mateus Casa No Tempo

Photography: João and Andreia Rodrigues
Date: January 4, 2017

The Project

“Casa No Tempo” has been in the family for many years. It was our granddad’s will that we look after it until the next generation. Being aware of his vision we tried to aim higher, connecting the past with the coming future, leaving out the marks of time, in search for a peaceful and timeless place… The renovation was carried out under the orientation of our good friend, the architect Manuel Aires Mateus.

The House

Our main concern was to have the house open to the vastness of the property and welcome Nature’s gifts through the large windows of every room.

All floors are paved with local clay blocks (heated in winter); fully equipped kitchen is integrated in a beautiful white marbled structure, open to the dining table in front of a huge window overlooking a 400sqmt swimming pool; Lounge is a luminous area with white sofas and a beautiful fireplace corner;The 4 suites are spacious with a mixture of modern bedding and local wooden furniture; Walk-in showers and toilets with ultimate finishing over handmade tiles; Equipped with Davide Groppie lights, furniture Living Divanni, Lefroy & Brooks water taps.

The garden

One thousand acres of cork trees, pastures, wild fields, two dams, five ponds, streams and brooks. Here and there timeless granitic stones outcrop the green and stand by the trees or water as nature’s random signposts, inviting guests to explore and journey through the welcoming flat land.

A 400 sq. Meters swimming pool tears up the pasture with its modern design and sand colored plaster. In the pool area, parasols made of old sets of sails offer sunshade over the comfy daybeds by «Living Divanni».

OutdoorsCasaNoTempo” is 1 hour south of Lisbon in Montemor o Novo, Alentejo, and short drive to Évora city, UNESCO world heritage site. Alentejo is the unspoilt Portugal, well known for its unique and peaceful landscape with its vast golden plains. Olive trees and oak trees provide the only shades.

We have bicycles for our guests to use free of charge. From swimming in the pool, fishing in the dams to horse riding our horses and ponies (professional instructor available on call for horse riding lessons in our riding ring); There are cows, sheep, goats, egg picking from the chicken yard, ducks, peacocks, dogs; There is cycling, watch the farm activities, picnics around the lakes or the streams; And there must be time to discover our farm products, such as honey, goat cheese, organic meat and eggs, olive oil, cork, jams, vegetables. … And, at last, there is star watching at night when all the lights go off over «CasaNoTempo». Then, you finally will understand why we have called it «TimelessHome».


  • María January 25, 2017

    Me quedo con ganas de ver –por lo menos– una planta y una sección.

  • Antonio Najera January 5, 2017

    obra maestra!, insuperable!

  • Válida sin barreras January 4, 2017

    Un proyecto super integrado y bien pensado. La construcción de esta casa es reflejo de la marca. Aunque pueda parecer algo sobria, nos encanta. Y la piscina, espectacular.

  • arqR February 11, 2015

    alberto, ojala todas las “marcas de arquitectura” dialogarán así con el lugar…

    proyecto brillante

  • Berto September 10, 2014

    10 de 10 !!!! Arquitectura de veritat, amable, pensada, integrada, honesta i sobretot amb molt a lógica!

  • Kike September 10, 2014

    Arquitectura en estado puro y de verdad.

  • Alberto Moravia September 10, 2014

    ja, ja, ja. Lo dicho en otras ocasiones, mucha foto y pocas nueces. La marca de la casa aires, pero bueno, como son amiguetes. Bueno, a seguir bien y a subir el listón que tras esto parece fácil. Saludos


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