Our post today is really rather original it comes from Prod Architecture & Design who are based in Portugal. There project is a holiday house for a family of four and is located in the north of Portugal, its shape is defined by the same number of individual volumes with similar dimensions but each has its distinct orientation. They have similar dimensions but distinct orientations. Three of the volumes are orthogonally organized around a core, whilst a fourth rotates to match the direction of an existing neighbouring building, and the modest dimensions of this building determined the scale of the house. Each of the volumes has a two sloped roof giving each one its individuality which also enabled the plasticity of the composition. The volumes which are separate but at the same time disposed at a critical distance this it creates an interstitial space covered by a flat transparent roof and full size windows. It is a special space with a hybrid character. The considerable dematerialization of its limits leads to be felt as both internal and external. This solution meets the client’s requirement to design a house with strong links with the surroundings. When moving from one room to another it allows to comfortably “walk through the leaves”. The house is organized over three floors, with a garage in the basement, a wine cellar and a laundry room while on the main floor you can find the bedrooms on the East side, while they have placed the kitchen, dining room and living room on the west near the terrace where there are incredible and privileged views over the valley, and then over the living room there is a mezzanine with a small office.
The combination of local granite for the embasement and patinated pine boards on the walls with zinc on the roof gave an incredible combination of materials and colours adding to the global coherence of the house. Without doubt a perfect holiday home.
Photography by Joao Morgado
This post is also available in Spanish.