Garage & Garden Facilities / Nuno Castro


This site originally was filled with a volume that lacked a clear form and was slicing the property and surrounding garden areas into unusable spaces. The pre-existing garage was removed and a new design was proposed focusing on leisure, gardening, and storage, along with uniting the previously disjointed spaces.

Architect: Nuno Castro
Location: Barcelos,
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Nuno Castro

© Nuno Castro

The program required both public and private areas. A new concrete block garage was constructed, accommodating up to 3 cars as well as spaces for storage. The architect utilized the new garage structure to carve out nooks and maximizing the garden space. The result is an interesting mix of colors and intimate spaces. The barbecue/outdoor entertainment area opes on to the lawn, and the gardens are defined in segments for vegetables and fruit trees.

© Nuno Castro
site plan

Carefully placed on the southwest face on a steeply wooded slop are the utilities, laundry, bathroom, and a passageway to the garage. Facing the vegetable garden is a space designed for the storage of tools and the inside wall, facing the parking spaces is another nook for wood storage.

© Nuno Castro

The resulting structure is an 18 x 8.5 x 2.5m rectangle parallelepiped with a hipped roof, subdivided in 6 different parts fulfilling 6 different needs. Each service is identified with a different color and is within a homogeneous concrete structure, composing 4 different facades of a right rectangular prism.

ground floor plan
Cite: "Garage & Garden Facilities / Nuno Castro" 15 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    Wow… best garage I´ve ever seen… honesty… very nice!

  • Lily

    Exellent! I wonder what materials they used to build the roof or what kind of roof it is? Does anybody know?

  • DanLin

    It’s quite amazing. As lily I was also wondering what material was used on the roof. Well done, but the portuguese architecture is always good

  • nuno castro

    Roof construction:
    200mm reinforced concrete slab
    2x 3mm Waterproofing membrane
    80mm Lightweight concrete (“Leca”)

  • Lily

    thank you! I am impressed:).

  • Jürgen

    Completely fantastic! Thank you!

  • http://nada mei

    loco nuno ! muy muy muy bien !