Rainha House is designed by the Belgium based studio Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum, or ABBE for short. The small, rectangular structure is home to a family in Portugal. Glass and concrete are the primary materials used in this residence. Polished concrete can feel cold and sterile, but this is not the case with Rainha House. Hardwood floors and well-placed lighting add warmth to the space and balance the coolness of the concrete. The full length glass windows bring in sunlight and connect the home with the natural environment. I love the use of concrete in Rainha House. Exposed concrete is a pure and beautiful material; it elevates this home from a basic structure to a fine work of art. Rainha House is an elegant dwelling perfectly suited to its inhabitants and environment.
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Standing in a row of traditional townhouses is the long and narrow House in Lisbon. Designed by ARX Portugal, this modern beauty is comprised of two main materials: limestone and concrete. The front facade is enveloped in limestone, one of the most common materials used in Lisbon. The limestone is set in a modern design yet still links the home with its conventional neighbors. The rear of the house focuses on the outdoors: giant windows and several balconies overlook a secluded backyard garden. Almost the entire interior of the house is made of raw concrete. This material twists and turns to define the walls, floors, stairs, and furniture. The house is arranged with the public areas on the lower floors and the more private rooms above. An outdoor refuge is located on the roof: limestone walls hide the user from the street below while a lone tree brings life to the space. Overall, House in Lisbon is a lovely design which uses simple materials to create a harmonious space.
Cardal Holiday House is a striking home built into the hilltop in Bemposta, Portugal. Designed by Cannatà & Fernandes, this building is defined by contrast. The upper and lower level are opposites in color, structure, and material. The lower level is a smooth expanse of concrete that juts out from the hillside. The second story is a light and airy form that appears to float stop the concrete which supports it. A parking garage and small garden are located on the ground floor. The main living areas are contained on the upper level, accessed by a dramatic staircase at the entrance. Cardal Holiday House is a gorgeous pairing of opposites. The different forms and materials come together seamlessly and blend perfectly with the surrounding environment.
This dental clinic in Porto, Portugal designed by Paulo Merlini Architects is not what you would have expected from a visit to the dentist. In an open double height reception area with treatment rooms on the second floor, the design of the interiors are minimalistic but not clinical. The shape of the pitched roof remains visible on the interior as intended by the architect so that the patients feel more familiar and comfortable. Yet it is the details of the architecture and finishes that drew me to this project. The round pendants drop low enough to emphasize the scale of the reception area. Looking up directly at them without canopies at the ceiling, it seem as though they go on up infinitely. A small window next to the top of the stair reveals the silhouette of the patient waiting in line. And the graceful detail of the steel stair in its most minimal construction that connects the levels seems to just disappear into a cove. These details are incredibly well thought out and delivered so elegantly in the architecture. They are creative and unexpected, which creates a rather interesting and pleasant visit to the dentist. Photographs by Joao Morgado.
The Centro Interpretação is a cultural centre built by architecture studio Spaceworkers inside a nineteen-century schoolhouse in Paredes, Portugal. The purpose of the structure is to provide information to tourists and serve as a venue for exhibitions and educational events. The all-black insertion is comprised of two volumes – an auditorium and an information desk/store, separated by the space in between, also painted black. The shape of the new centre mirrors the geometry of the existing building, creating a dialogue between the two. Architect Rui Dinis explains: We wanted to preserve the identity of the place with our intervention. We didn’t want to lose the shape of the ceiling, so we chose to add a kind of replicating structure. The white creates the atmosphere, the black gives some form and the activities of the space will bring the other colours. Architects built a modern complex, that is respectful of the space it occupies, achieving beautiful synergy between the old and the new. Photography by Fernando Guerra
Sitio Da Leziria is a former mews located in the highly agricultural region Alcácer do Sal of Portugal, which has now been redesigned into a contemporary residence by the architects Atelier Data. The project conserves the significance of the horse stable typography: the ‘horse path’ as an axis and for circulation; service walls that once provided sustenance for the horses now hold the modern day services of bathrooms and closets – and translates it into with minimalist architectural details and aesthetic. I appreciate Atelier Data’s sensibilities in approaching the project: The conversion of the mews into housing, gave us the opportunity to think about domestic space and also to test the way that people can inhabit again ancient rural areas. This project is the result of the first phase of a wide strategy that aims to revive an old agricultural land, combining new agricultural techniques with a new way of living. I love the fact that they decided to use resistant and affordable materials as well as that fit both the logic of the modern usage of the building and the old mews, preserving the vernacular architecture as well as the details such as inviting the artist João Mouro to create the...
Without any doubt, I had never seen a pharmacy quite like this before. Farmacia Lordelo was designed by the Portuguese architect José Carlos Cruz and is located in Vila Real, in the north of Portugal. In the absence of external references, it was chosen to create a building with an abstract and neutral character, reinforced by the absence of openings. With an oval shape footprint, the two floors are fully aluminium coated corrugated and perforated. The only direct opening to the outside is the main entrance that gives access to the sales area. By changing the interior light and the symbol of pharmacy, the building gains a dynamic feel, allowing the image variation from day to night. The store not only sells medicines, but also has its own laboratory for compounding pharmacy. What more can I say? I think we need more exercises of design like this in all our common places.
The lovely Casa da Agudela is located in a sunny, residential area of Portugal. Designed by Rui Cerqueira Barros, this structure first appears as a sleek, dark volume nestled in a busy neighborhood. The facade features an original take on the traditional pitched roof vernacular: the asymmetrical slant forms the ceiling of the uppermost and middle story. These upper floors contain the bedrooms and an office, while the ground floor houses a living room, kitchen, and garage. Casa da Agudela is undeniably modern, yet I love how it still fits in with the more traditional surrounding homes. The facade is gorgeous. I enjoy how the windows are set in a little, as if they were carved from the exterior material. Overall, Rui Cerqueira Barros has designed a beautiful and practical home that is sure to please.
Today we are featuring a house in Tavira, Portugal by Vitor Vilhena and photographed by Joao Morgado. The house is built around the original old building’s footprint and consists of two parts. Both parts are created through different architectural forms, one with sculpted geometry, the other with systematic, regular geometry but they communicate with a glass hallway. We get only a peek into the interior space but from what we see I like the option of enclosure with sliding doors (shown below). And as always, I enjoy when architecture nestles into the landscape and natural terrain. Not to mention the bonus of surrounding of 400 olive trees!
Instead of the usual lush interior finishes and decor typically found in modern hospitality projects, the designers Petra Liquida have made the experience of light, volume and architectural details the visual luxuries of Casa do Conto. Translated as the ‘House of Tales’, this unique hotel in Porto, Portugal was designed with R2 Design around the concept of integrating various parts of literature from 6 different authors of the history and architecture of the city, into the suites. While the graphics of the relief in the concrete ceilings do evoke a cultural and contemplative experience when one looks up before falling asleep, it is the architecture of the rest of the hotel that I find alluring. From the reference of wood to match the concrete walls, to the details of the central stairs, to the manipulation of light within the volumes of each space continuing into the next – the result is one of visual luxury in a minimalist aesthetic that still pays reverence to the historical context of the city. The new project evokes, through an abstract approach, the old house adornment and its wall textures by using traditional surfaces – crossed wood patterns, corrugated steel plates and curved plywood panels –...
Designed by Miguel Marcelino, the House with Three Yards fully embraces the sunny attributes of its location in Benavente, Portugal. Situated in a gorgeous landscape of oak trees, this home is two stories and features a warm, copper-colored facade. The main features of the home are, as the name suggests, the three yards. Each yard is a different size and shape. The first is an intimate courtyard which embraces a large oak tree. The second is a long patio located on the side of the house. This space features a large horizontal opening which frames the landscape. The third yard is a partially enclosed patio which contains a set of stairs leading to the home’s pool. I was first attracted to the gorgeous exterior color of this home. The copper color fits perfectly with the sandy Portuguese landscape; I love how the sunlight illuminates the facade! The organization of this home is also superb. It is great to see a home which incorporates so much outdoor space in the design! The three yards provide an array of outdoor living options. This home is a perfect design for a family looking to make the most of a beautiful landscape and warm climate!
If white is the preferred color of minimalists, Casa DJ is sure to please. Designed by [i]da arquitectos, Casa DJ is a gorgeous residence in Cascais, Portugal. The geometry and facade of the home is kept simple with clean lines and a monochromatic color scheme. Yet the subdued exterior provides a welcome contrast to the complexity of the different interior spaces. The rooms are organized around a central patio that cuts the structure in two. The ground floor houses the kitchen, living areas and a garden. The bedrooms and terrace are located on the upper levels. I love everything about this home! From the organization of the rooms, to the rocky landscaping, to the placement of the windows; every element melds perfectly to form this lovely structure. I am especially attracted to the courtyard and terrace: they provide the residents with a soothing, peaceful place to relax. Overall, Casa DJ is an elegant home which is sure to please its minimalist owners!