House in Guimarães

Some buildings are introverted, detached from their surroundings. House in Guimarães, by Sequeria Arquitects, has a continuous flow between private and public areas and interior and exterior.

House in Guimarães, in Portugal, keeps its calm objectivity with featureless forms. Functions can be established according to changing behaviors across three floors and 650 square meters. The dark grey house rests on a hill and commands a panoramic view of the city.

The openness thing in architecture is a big deal for me—largely ignoring stereotyped definitions of private and public. It is certainly an ambitious vision, not easy to pull off.

Photography by Nelson Garrido.