ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Pavillion
  4. Portugal
  5. Francisco Portugal e Gomes
  6. 2003
  7. Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes

Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes

  • 01:00 - 11 January, 2009
Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes
Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes

Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Penafiel, Portugal
  • Architects

    Francisco Portugal e Gomes
  • Project Leader

    Sónia Almeida, engineer
  • Collaborators

    Fernando Gabriel, architect / João Alexandre Abreu, practice architect
  • Structure And Foundations

    Fernando Gonçalves, engineer
  • Water Supply And Water Installations

    Fernando Gonçalves
  • Electric Installations And Communications

    MEGAVAR - Engenharia, Lda
  • Budget

    US $1,181 / sqm
  • Area

    83.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The project anticipates the rearrangement of an already existent construction annexed to a small house, in a refuge pavilion with 50 sqm.

The implanting of the new building follows the limits of this existent construction in the west side, recycling small stone. The opposite side is rebuilt, realigned and, reusing the granite header from the best walls, is created an uncovered yard that serves as entrance and, at the same time, decompresses the proximity with the neighboring house. This reconstructed element melts itself with the new construction interlinking the granite wall with horizontal slate plates of 3 cm in thickness placed in small stone cubes making a continuous grate that draws the building.

This kind of approach aspires to bring this new building near in colours, materials and textures to some vernacular constructions of granite, wood and slate that already exist in the region.

The pavilion organization departs from a nucleus of sanitary and shower fittings, placed between the yard and the covered area, trying to strengthen the entrance direction through its compression, in order to release all the remaining space in a single multi functional compartment. The inner space is marked with structural porches and carpentry facades, which shut make the total closing of this inner space and opened allow the perception of the surrounding landscape from an angle of 180º.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Refuge Pavilion / Francisco Portugal e Gomes" 11 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
Read comments


Megan Ward · April 16, 2012

Refuge Pavilion, Portugal

links · November 04, 2011

I do not even know the way I stopped up right here, however I believed this post used to be great. I don't recognize who you are but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

Fernando Gabriel · June 20, 2009

you can see it to in this photo

in the back you can see one century houses with that type of architecture "Typical Minho Architecture"

Fernando Gabriel · June 20, 2009

"Another generic Post-Modern building that could be built in any site in the world. Return of the Return of International style mixed up with fetischism for regionalism tourism.
But it is true, nice details. Except the kitchen, too Ikea."

if you know the site you will not say that, this building respect the environment and this architecture is unique, based on Minho architecture region from Portugal, no other place in the world have that kind of architecture, an example

Kim · January 13, 2009

Answer to Freq, yes it is this kind of approach about austerity, very anchored in minimalism architecture, that I was refering to.

Answer to Arman and Frix. Sorry guys, maybe it's due to the fact that I live and practice in Sydney where hundreds of projects of this scale is published every year, but I can tell you, this kitchen bench is not exciting. If you are having a Mediterranean family gathering, this space would not be suitable. I am not talking about style, here but of space and usage of door windows, carpentry, and the simple fact that you have 2 stoves, a minuscule kitchen bench and 1 sink.

Rokas · January 13, 2009

I agree mostly with Arman-I like the idea of this pavilion like space,subtle addet to an old house-its conseptual.Of course,the seating area isn't done the best...but that isn't the key of the project-The "colonade-space"...and again-what's the deal-in such a small house-there just can't be the hedonistic approach.

Arman · January 12, 2009

I see a small, not claustrophobic but cozy pavilion, designed within the material and conceptual framework of a beautiful landscape and a centuries-old farmhouse, beautifully thought up and crafted, open and intimate at the same time, perfect for the joy of receiving guests. The kitchen bench works. You stand with your guests, and don't go around the bench moving from it towards the table and vice-versa. After all, in southern-European cultures you prepare a meal with your guests, not for your guests. What I can't see here are theories of any sort, any efforts to join a team or style (or religion, as Frix intelligently points out), any intention to rise a disciplinary debate (or admiration) among architectural "illuminati", any glossy attempt of avant-garde, any cosmetics, any flashes. I can't even see the TV. And I like that.

james · January 12, 2009

This argument proves the true subjectivity of our sport. Which is great. Personally, I think this building is beautiful, simple, economically real...and if you are up for it Kim I'd like to take you out for dinner!

sebastian · January 12, 2009

the access looks like from other project... i like it, too material.

freq · January 12, 2009

thanks for clearing up the post-mod. part of you original post, Kim. whether it's actually happening or not, dubbing an assumed nostalgia for modernism another kind of post-modernism is interesting & ironic. that thought will stay with me.

in terms of masochism, I still can't follow you. Are you referring to some sort of self-inflicted austerity brought about not by a lack of means but by a moral code, à la Weber's analysis of the protestant way of life?

Frix · January 12, 2009

Kim, seriously, do you think doing that kind of project for less than 1000€/sqm deserves such trash talking? Rokas's and other are right; let me tell you many architects don't own clients as your superstars idols own. Many of them just try to do their work as well as it can be done, without trying to make every project a performance or something never seen before. This house has many qualities; relation to the sloping ground, nice details, nice work on sequences though the pathway, intimicy of the living room with a poetical semi hidden look on the landscape. Oh my god, the kitchen bench doesn't fit you!!!

Anyway, i really think your religion of putting a style on every building you see is an absurd way to comment architecture, your fight is over, dude. Most of all, misunderstanding Koohlass'think definitively makes disasters in young architects minds, making them unable to have a look on daily architecture. You should ask yourself if you re not the most passeist and close minded person in that debat...

Kim · January 12, 2009

Rokas, seriously, look at the kitchen bench, it's really not that exciting. The wood work is basic, and there's only 2 stoves and 1 sink. When you are cooking you are facing your guest that have only 1 small sofa facing a TV, while you give your back to the dinning table.
The nice thing is the entrance with the black slates, but the rest could be more hedonistic, considering that the view must be breathtaking. I would imagine a set of sliding doors, that would free the entire room and let the landscape get in the dinning room, it could have been a very nice exercise in carpentry...Instead you have this colonade and louvres creating a claustrophobic space.

Rokas · January 12, 2009

Anather "great architect"who's deeply suffering when sees the simple and modest building,isn't so,Kim?You'll do better?Then go and do--everyone is capable to lay on the sofa and think deeply about"great architecture"-to do-more work,less talk,colleque!

Frix · January 12, 2009

I thought architecture didn't resume itself to “design invention or formal play or spatial exploration”; to be honest, if archdaily was only presenting spectacular projects like these ORDOS jokes, it would be very boring.

... I had a dream today ... The whole world was made of ORDOS projects ...

Ala · January 12, 2009

I had the impression that archdaily presents only notable buildings and projects. This is a very generic building. There is no design invention or formal play or spatial exploration. I don't know why this building is worth presenting. If you look at Ordos projects in inner Mongolia, China for example, you will understand what I mean by "design invention or formal play or spatial exploration."

Kim · January 12, 2009

If I call this Post-Modern, it is not referring to M.Grave and all the Classical nostalgia. It is a deliberate reference to late post-modernity with R.Meier (Corbusier nostalgia) and then the minimalism trend that started in the 90's based on a nostalgia for the International Style, and early Modern architecture. Instead of Doric columns in plaster, you have boxes for the sake of boxes.

The reference to regional tourism is a comment on the very effective, commercial and caricature package tours sold in Europe, called "eco-tourism".

I think it is important to be critical with minimalism, because it has become the most successfully commercial niche in architecture since 2 decades. There should be an obvious debate on what it means in term of masochism, and fetishism of commodity.

roadkill · January 12, 2009

... too much koolhas rhetoric, my my this is getting boring chemical kim!

freq · January 12, 2009

whatever you mean by post-modern, Kim.. I think you have your arch. history details mixed up a little bit - and I don't get the "regionalism tourism" thing, would you mind elucidating that part?

oh well...but to each her/his own - the debate will go round and round again the next time another lava-or-the-likes-of-it project is posted here.

Kim · January 12, 2009

Another generic Post-Modern building that could be built in any site in the world. Return of the Return of International style mixed up with fetischism for regionalism tourism.
But it is true, nice details. Except the kitchen, too Ikea.

roadkill · January 12, 2009

wow... very nice... wonderful details and very routed in it's context


Comments are closed

Read comments