Architect: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: Guimaräes, Portugal
Principals: Fernando Seara de Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Vilhena Roque
Principal in Charge: Manuel Vilhena Roque
Collaborators: Cristina Lima & Francisco Oliveira
Promotor: Dr. Albano Coelho Lima
Project year: 2000-2004
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti
The program demanded a single-story construction and the need to assure the privacy of the home, in regards to future neighbouring constructions.
The sites morphology, the presence of a strong tree mass and the desired relation with the close surroundings, in particular with the existing garden and house, set forth the design process that became consolidated by the programs extension.
The house was organized around a patio, with a clearly private character that would function as an exterior extension of its interior space.
Functionally, the house is basically composed of two bodies, one orientated East/West incorporates the social areas, the other, embodying the private areas (bedrooms) is orientated North/South.
Under the rigid geometry of the L shaped roof plane, the main element in the characterization of the buildings image and guarantor of its built unity, surge the variety and specificity of forms and materials.