The family’s new house consists of five smaller houses.
Where many architects think new and in a way that challenges when they are going to put their mark on a new building, someone else holds a button on history and tradition. And thinking that tradition of tradition will give a less exciting result than something more modern, actually sounds very rare.
Tradition and history were, according to the architectural site, Dieen, the focus when this unique house in Portugal was designed. And the result? Modern and unique residence that has attracted attention far beyond national borders.
Used villages as inspiration
– Initially, the design of this residence was an attempt to approach many aspects of traditional Portuguese architecture, explains architect Alfonso Fernandes at CHP Arquitectos to the site.
– We have emphasized that there should be balance and harmony between each of the buildings.
The architect explains that the inspiration behind the very unique architecture of the home also has its background in traditional Portuguese building culture.
– We inspired the old whitewashed villages, explains Fernandes.
– The cluster of white houses, the way they are set up close to each other for protection and shadow; This was at the bottom when we arrived at the design on this property.
The unique residence, made up of five smaller houses built close-to-door, is located in the area of a famous golf hotel in the suburb of Belas on the outskirts of Lisbon.
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The spaces between the houses define the property
Architect Fernandes explains that he and the team wanted to draw a home for the family that would not consist of a large volume but rather many small ones.
– These would then be linked through walkways between the various buildings that would shape small courtyards, the architect explains to the archaeological site Arch Daily.
– In this way, one would have the opportunity to edit and frame what was focused on views both from the inside of the buildings and from the outside.
The goal was that the family itself could choose what they wanted as a focus when it came to their surroundings and what was less interesting.
– The long walkways between the various buildings provide opportunities for different viewpoints, explains Fernandes.
The cottage is newly renovated, but the interior is old
– Where the buildings overlap each other – to avoid staring in white walls – bushes and plants have been planted to create small pockets of green between the buildings.
The center is in the middle
For the architects, it was important to define what the different buildings would be used for and how the family would live both inside the buildings and between them.
– The first thing that was planned was the core of the building, explains Fernandes.
– Where the family should gather and be together. This had to be a natural and physical center for all.
At the heart of the house lies the heart of the house, where you find a large living room or family room, which also has access to the garage via a staircase.
– The staircase is housed in wood, a construction that also houses a large sofa, explains the architect.
– The sofa divides the living room into two distinct areas, a living room with TV, where you can also enjoy the view of the large fireplace and a social zone on the other side.
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As a continuation of the living room you have direct access to two large terrace areas and the swimming pool.
In the next “house” is the family’s main bath and next to this children’s playroom.
– This allows the other two houses to the west to be used exclusively as bedrooms, explains Fernandes.
– The master bedroom is 20 m2 and has a separate dressing room in direct connection.
Hidden wardrobes in the walls
One priority for the family was that there was room for a lot of wardrobe space.
– This we solved by building wardrobes and shelves in the walls, explains the architect. – These were so hidden with large panels that can easily be moved back and forth.
The 350 m2 house consists of five different buildings, each of which has a function and relationship with each other.
The atmosphere you achieved by distributing the house over several buildings is unique, explains the architect.
Not only have we managed to distribute features and applications in a practical way, but according to the family we have also created a home where you can enjoy the surroundings in different ways, from different views around the house.
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