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Pool of the Week: A Manmade Beach in the Portuguese Countryside

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Pool of the Week: A Manmade Beach in the Portuguese Countryside

June 2, 2017

An hour south of Lisbon in the Alentejo province of Portugal, brothers João and Andreia Rodrigues wanted to turn their grandfather’s nearly 1,000-acre property into a peaceful retreat for nature-loving travelers. They turned to Lisbon architect Manuel Aires Mateus, with whom they had collaborated on their Cabanas No Rio riverside rentals, to transform the family farmhouse into a four-bedroom rental home and to populate the estate with a pool and walled garden. The labyrinthine garden is still in the works, but the pool is unlike any we’ve ever seen.

Photography by Nelson Garrido, courtesy of Casa No Tempo.

The pool deck is made of sand-colored plaster, and the pool&#8
Above: The pool deck is made of sand-colored plaster, and the pool’s edge is reminiscent of a shoreline.

As the brothers modernized their family property, they called it Casa No Tempo in reference to its timelessness.

The modern pool is set in a field of wildflowers and abuts a grove of cork trees.
Above: The modern pool is set in a field of wildflowers and abuts a grove of cork trees.

See the remodeled farmhouse on Remodelista in Casa No Tempo: A Minimalist Retreat in the Portuguese Countryside.

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Above: Only three structures are on the 1,000-acre estate: the main house, the pool, and a walled garden currently under construction.
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Above: The pool’s edge ebbs and flows with movement from swimmers.
At a distance, the square looks like a pond or reflecting pool embedded in the countryside.
Above: At a distance, the square looks like a pond or reflecting pool embedded in the countryside.
 The pool is 400 square meters (about 4,300 square feet). Its only adornment is a pair of Ile Club Daybeds by Piero Lissoni from Living Divani.
Above: The pool is 400 square meters (about 4,300 square feet). Its only adornment is a pair of Ile Club Daybeds by Piero Lissoni from Living Divani.
The pool barely rises from the ground; its depth is sunken into the landscape.
Above: The pool barely rises from the ground; its depth is sunken into the landscape.
Casa No Tempo at twilight.
Above: Casa No Tempo at twilight.
An open air passageway in the center of the building separates the two wings of the farmhouse. To book, visit Casa No Tempo.
Above: An open air passageway in the center of the building separates the two wings of the farmhouse. To book, visit Casa No Tempo.

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