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Daniel Yoell

MA work

Co-Villa, a space for living in rural Portugal.

Co-villa - a space for living in rural Portugal. 

Co-Villa explores a way of considering architecture as an informal yet permanent construct that allows for continuous change as technology, uses, and lifestyles shift and develop through time. It aims to create a kind of testbed for thinking about the social dynamics of the informal appropriation of space by a community of inhabitants living together within an established matrix of interconnecting rooms. The grid layout is used in order to set up a continuous, non-hierarchical environment of units. The connections between these units offer multiple vistas that create a layering of space which in turn begins to dissolve distinct boundaries. 

The Co-villa establishes a space in which people and their environment mutually include and define each other, offering a platform for reflection, interaction and creative participation with no hierarchy or ownership. Nobody has exclusive rights to any particular part of the building, so the process of inhabitation becomes one of constant negotiation.  

The proposal offers an excess of space for domesticity, work and leisure situated in a rural community.  Rural communities in Portugal are at risk of poverty, neglect and loneliness  - many of the small rural towns are often derelict with only a few clusters of residents facing severe isolation as many of the younger generation head for the cities. The Co-Villa offers an inclusive environment where old and young can interact through an architecture in progress that goes beyond today's particular lifestyles. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2018

  • Degrees

  • BA Interior Architecture, University of Brighton, 2012
  • Experience

  • Part 1 architectural assistant, Alter and Company, 2015.; Part 1 architectural assistant, Conran and Partners, 2016; Professional carpenter and joiner, 10 years experience. Projects ranged from Grade 1 listed to new builds.; Project manger on small residential restoration projects.
  • Awards

  • Morgan Carn Award for Design Excellence, First Place, 2015, BA Interior Architecture.; Sussex Heritage Trust Award for Bespoke Carpentry and Joinery.