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House in Gerês / Correia Ragazzi

  • 01:00 - 22 May, 2008
House in Gerês / Correia Ragazzi
House in Gerês / Correia Ragazzi, Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi
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  • Collaborators

    Ana Neto Vieira, Susana Silva, Telmo Gomes, Katharina Wiederman, Pedro Gama
  • Structure

    GOP
  • Client

    João Telmo Monteiro P. Ferreira
  • Hydraulic Services

    GOP
  • Electric Services

    Raul Serafim & Associados
  • Coordination And Supervision

    Graça Correia e Roberto Ragazzi
  • Contractor

    Almeidas & Magalhães, Lda
  • Site Area

    2000 sqm
  • More SpecsLess Specs

From the architect. The project of this house foresees both to reconstruct and augment a ruin into a weekend retreat at a plot with extraordinary morphological characteristics, within Cavado River and its tributary. The plot, of 4.060m2, is located in a protected natural area and has for conditions a concrete construction and the preservation of all trees. The constructive capacity was given by the existing ruin.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

Since the first visit of the site it was clear we were dealing with a delicate project. The project placement on the plot was essential given that the surroundings were the main reference for the construction.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

Having practiced water-ski for 20 years, the river grounds the weekend house for the clients. For them, the exceptional outlook one enjoys should be an element of the house; for us, architects, should be an evident inside space value, but also, the opposite concern was relevant - the house could only act as a significant element on the landscape.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

Having identified the site, a pragmatic analyse of the circumstances was in order: the demands of the program were a house for a couple and child, a visitor's suit preferably dislocated from the house as also should be the storehouse for the water-ski activities holding a shower, bathroom and storage area.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

The area of the house, inevitably small, was specified by the reduced dimension of the pre-existent ruin. Thus, the first sketches of the solution appear in its dependence... Meanwhile, the fundamental decision revealed itself through the house orientation. Its final location on site, at right angles to the slop seeks for a better relation with the plot and the platform where it "lays", avoiding all trees and damage to the outside area. The weightless intervention enhanced by the overhanging part that shoots off the riverbank cliff maximizes the transparent appearance from the river reducing land occupancy.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

The house makes a dialectic reference to Malaparte House by Adalberto Libera and the remarkable table Less by Jean Nouvel, suggesting the constructive solution for the top of the hanging part.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

As a half-buried house in its relation to the main access it appears diminished; on the other hand, from the river it appears as a glass frame dissimulated on the vegetation. The relation established by the house and ruin defines both the access and the scale of the intervention, transforming the ruin into a constant presence from the inside of the house such as any other landscape element.

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Courtesy of Correia Ragazzi

The concrete plasticity in relation with the luxuriant flora was determinant, therefore the careful concrete cast drawing. This concrete volume with accessible roof was entirely covered with birch on the inside and has grey self-levelled pavement.

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Cite: "House in Gerês / Correia Ragazzi" 22 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/1063/house-in-geres-graca-correia-y-roberto-ragazzi/>
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24 Comments

Suns · March 11, 2015

insulation??

ibrahim nas · July 18, 2013

this looks goob but i just dont know why it extends from the land... because when you are inside you dont get any feeling that you are suspended.... itz thesame as just laying the on the ground... what do you guys think?

Marcos Puig Fdéz-Tubau · July 02, 2016 07:33 PM

its because the law in that area (Natural Park of Peneda-Geres in Portugal) is restricted to 60m2 of maximum are to be built. They couldn't fit the clients necessities so they made the "flying" part to gain surface and go on with the programme

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seegiri · July 25, 2012

really nice

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Jonjon · May 20, 2009

Looks like MVRDV has just copied you! Have a look at the balancing house project...

Opium · March 22, 2009

I guess it's because though it doesn't denie inovation, it clearly see's inovation in a critical way and has no problems in not going for the cheap form thrill.
At this moment in time i would say with no problem that portuguese architecture stands out as one the best in world along with swiss, the dutch and japanese.

rahza · March 22, 2009

Superb! What is it in Portugal that they consistently produce such delightful work? Wonderful

João · September 28, 2009 02:52 PM

The best school of architecture in the world.
The Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto!

Nick N. · February 26, 2009

very intersting structure.

Dragana · July 10, 2008

this is something wonderful, extrodanary house, bravoo :)

JUST COOL Design Blog · July 02, 2008

i absolutely LOVE this one! very ingenious how you configured it to such an extraordinary site. im a fan of old ruins so appreciate how the integrity and charm of the old structure was kept intact, yet still compliments the modern design of its whimsical counterpart. VERY NICE!

Todd · May 23, 2008

Beautiful house

Sinor Favela · May 22, 2008

you are doing a great job with this post with lots of pictures, drawings.... much better than usual..!

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