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The house is designed in a complex balance between the creation of a dense and closed fortress and the reinterpretation of the typical patio house, looking for a protected oasis, in its intimate relationship with the sky. The name - Forte - denounces the mandatory theme of privacy, while the volumetric design reveals the essential strategy of captu...
Project name
Casa Forte (Forte House)
Architecture firm
Pema Studio
Location
Santo Tirso, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
Set within the heart of the village of Ansião, the focus of this project was the renovation an old games room, that was part of a restaurant, Tarouca Gastro Bar. In its essence, the project aimed at giving the space a new dynamic that would give it a welcoming ambience, not only for people going for a meal, but also for relaxing and socialising.
Project name
Tarouca Gastro Bar
Architecture firm
Bruno Dias Arquitectura
Location
Avenida Dr. Vítor Faveiro, Ansião, Portugal
Photography
Hugo Santos Silva
Located in Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal, the proposal takes its cues from the historical and contemporary heritage of the region. The result sees a cloister-like configuration that poetically interplays with the central courtyard, along with landscaped areas and terraces, thus obscuring the boundaries between nature and the built space....
Project name
San Lorenzo
Architecture firm
OODA Architecture
Location
Loulé, Portugal
Tools used
Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD
Designed for a family of five, the D house hides its structural complexity through its volumetric simplicity. Large boxes placed on the highest part of the land organize the interior and outdoor space through their layout and orientation. That way, the house opens up to the outside through the spaces generated between them, while protecting its int...
Project name
Casa D
Architecture firm
L2C Arquitetura
Location
Dadim, Braga, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
A private outdoor space was also intended. However, instead of the common backyard, the approach was to provide a middleyard, in order to achieve some privacy in the outdoor space. The house was designed in a “C” shape, turning its back to the surroundings and facing an interior patio that opens only in an unobstructed area.
Project name
Middleyard
Architecture firm
LIMIT Studio
Location
Trofa, Portugal
Photography
Alexander Bogorodskiy
The rehabilitation of this villa calls for various dimensions of dreams, both in the enjoyment of the interior and in the contemplation of the panoramic horizon. The contemporary language and materials, especially the volumes of white lacquered plates and large glass spans, clearly marked the enlargement, differentiated from the original house.
Project name
JAC House
Architecture firm
VISIOARQ Arquitectos
Location
Coimbra, Portugal
Photography
Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Developing a house in this location becomes a challenge due to the natural profile that the land develops. As such, the project idea is not to land a volume that becomes a dwelling, but to design a volume that conveys the idea that it was carved in the “site” (thus creating the feeling of union with the place) at the same time as it provokes the se...
Project name
Casa JC
Architecture firm
Mário Alves Arquiteto
Location
Quinta da Portela, Coimbra, Portugal
Photography
Ivo Tavares Studio
In the historic centre of the village of Ansião, on a slightly sloped land, Casa Âmago emerges. The plot had two small houses in ruins, with no architectural interest, and as such, renovating them was not an option. However, it wouldn’t be in harmony with the surroundings to plan a contemporary house with no connection to the neighbouring buildings...
Project name
Casa Âmago
Architecture firm
Bruno Dias Arquitectura
Location
Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho, Ansião, Leiria District, Portugal
Photography
Hugo Santos Silva