Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos® and Paulo Teodósio
Location: Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal
Client: Fernando Afonso and Fátima Cardoso
Structural consultant: Paulo Lima and Manuel Branco Leite
Floor area: 90 sqm
Site area: 320 sqm
Built-up area: 270 sqm
Start of planning: 2004
Start of construction: 2005
Photographs: Abel Andrade
Two criteria lead to the final solution:
- Geometric: using the urban plan rules to establish the perimeter and roof level.
- Manipulate the interior space in relation with the neighbor buildings and the terrace that allows a view of the sea.
Our goal was maximize the exterior space, building a compact volume in 3 floor plans. The interior organization is generated around a central comunication corridor, to liberate space to the compartments.The dark phenolic plywood of the facade served as a ‘spacesuite’ that protects against the ‘radiation’ of reality, its context and its territory.