This house is located on a bucolic setting where green vegetation predominates and small-scale buildings can be found, scattered across the land.
Our ambition was to blend the house (intended to be a vacation house) into the land’s morphology, building it in slopes, taking advantage of the landscape while preserving the memory of the preexisting house.
The solution found intends to be the exception among the other constructions, but in a quiet, circumscribed way, where nature and what is man built coexist.
The use of wood in many of the surroundings (namely in a typical Portuguese construction called “espigueiro” which was used to store grains) inspired us with its simple, raw beauty.
It became the privileged material for both structure and coverings, inside and outside the house, building its own language that does not stop on the conventional applications of the wood but creates its own poetry.
On the ground floor, the kitchen and the living room open to the garden where a wooden “espigueiro” lays, creating a dialogue with the house’s upper volume, where the bedrooms are. This volume, all built in wood, was preassembled at the carpentry workshop, worked to perfection, disassemble and reassembled at the construction site in record time, as if they were Lego pieces.
Outside, the delicacy of the wood on the upper floor contrasts sharply with the raw appearance of the concrete walls on the ground floor.
Inside the house every wooden detail was carefully studied, every joint was perfectly matched, and the wood’s natural twists are the only thing breaking that man made rigidity with its expressive anarchy. In the ceilings the wooden structure creates a feeling of comfort, order and peace.
Despite the clearly contemporary design, the house fully responds to the client’s imaginary, becoming the refuge with which he always dreamt.