Manuel Aires Mateus


Known for his preoccupation with light, Manuel Aires Mateus operates from his Lisbon based practice. His designs are distinctive for their striking geometric shapes, voids and cut-outs.

A School of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium has a huge, gabled, house-shaped entrance void, a community centre in Grândola, Portugal has triangular and flat-topped arches punched through its white walls and a house in Fontinha, Portugal seems to have a corner sliced away.


“We wanted our designs to surpass mere function, daily life and the simple occupation of a space. So we set out to treasure both the social and public components of each Villa, providing a private courtyard for each space to cherish calmness.”