South of Lisbon, in Alentejo, Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built a home truly nestled in the natural landscape of the area. The aim of the project was to create an enclosed garden surrounded by walls with slanted tops, which create the impression of petals opening towards the sky and become the characterising feature of the entire complex. The house itself - a one-story dwelling hidden within thick outer walls - can hardly be discerned. Open chairs by James Irvine enriches the patio, where they find an ideal backdrop in the concrete walls.

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Alias meets Valerio Olgiati
Valerio Olgiati studied architecture until 1986 at ETH Zürich. Having lived and worked first in Zurich and later in Los Angeles for some years with Frank Escher, in 1996 he opened his own practice in Zurich and in 2008 in Flims. As a guest professor he taught at ETH Zürich, at Architectural Association School of Architecture London and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Since 2002 he has been a full professor at the Accademia di architettura Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana. From fall 2009 he holds the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University, Cambridge, United States.
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