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FFAT / Arquitectos Anonimos

  • 01:00 - 3 September, 2009
FFAT / Arquitectos Anonimos
FFAT / Arquitectos Anonimos, © Abel Andrade
© Abel Andrade

© Abel Andrade © Abel Andrade © Abel Andrade © Abel Andrade +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Architects

     Arquitectos Anónimos and Paulo Teodósio
  • Structural Consultant

    Paulo Lima and Manuel Branco Leite
  • Client

    Fernando Afonso and Fátima Cardoso
  • Start Of Planning

  • Start Of Construction

  • Site area

    320 sqm
  • Built-up area

    270 sqm
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Manipulate the interior space in relation with the neighbor buildings and the terrace that allows a view of the sea.

© Abel Andrade
© Abel Andrade

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.

© Abel Andrade
© Abel Andrade
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choupina · December 19, 2009

Yap, It does remind Robert Konieczny, but I should explain "why do portuguese people have this mania for closing up every window and door with shudders/blinds?" Two of the reasons were already mentioned: concept and engeneering. The concept was indeed a black box (image which the shudders help to obtain)and portuguese summers are extremely hot, so it's a practical protection from excessive sunlight. In many countries, particularly in northern Europe, windows are constantly open but, in Portugal, people have an historic mental need for enclosure, in the sense that they value protection and privacy above all. Later on, that medieval need found its way in to our law system, backed up by energy saving policies, so now, if you want a project to be aproved by the city hall, it's mandatory for it to shut exterior light completely, even if the architect or the client don't want to.

goha · December 08, 2009

looks like konieczny's work.

E°Bot · September 22, 2009

Great idea and lovely interior execution, but that straight-run stair detracts from what could be a more spacious second floor.

vitsee · September 07, 2009


mark · September 04, 2009

this is weird,bad bad box,then you blink and all of a sudden you've completly rebuilt the exterior,don't like what i see but sure would like to have that bad bad box for my own,anyone for a metallic blue and terracotte?

matthias · September 04, 2009

if its all that the client indeed want and now who still feel satisfied,then is reasonable.besides,it look outstanding compared with those surrounding houses

Malgorzata Boguslaw · September 04, 2009

And if this house was not black outside, would it be interesting? NO, NO,NO. So what exites you in this project?

Daidaloos · September 04, 2009

May i just correct you, the shutters are needed to block the direct heat gains during the hot months that can so easily lead to overheating in places like Portugal. The light contrast is just a consequence!

Eric · September 04, 2009 05:36 PM

If they were worried about direct heat gain perhaps they should have chosen a lighter exterior color..........

christopher · September 04, 2009

"The dark phenolic plywood"!

Architecture+Molding · September 04, 2009

FFAT / Arquitectos Anonimos: © Abel Andrade Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos® and Paulo Teodósio Location: Vila ..

Bocetos Digitales · September 04, 2009

FFAT / Arquitectos Anonimos: © Abel Andrade Architects: Arquitectos Anónimos® and Paulo Teodósio Location: Vila ..

Finas · September 04, 2009

Exquisite form, but it unfortunately lacks depth. So internal, bleak, and solid.

StructureHub Blog · September 03, 2009

Can you say non-contextual? At least it's unapologetically so.

cheese · September 03, 2009

right, why do portuguese people have this mania for closing up every window and door with shudders/blinds? i think i was the only one with my windows open all the time. i found it strange how most typical portuguese houses are so dark inside..such a contrast to the brilliant light outside most of the time.

YT · September 04, 2009 11:58 AM

Cheese, What's the reason.
The because is the brilliant light outside most of the time, and a need to have the possibility of the two moods, dark and bright.

In the case, I think this a project intention! The box close and dark, the interior bright and open.

roadkill · September 04, 2009 12:52 AM

well it looks as if you just answered your own question....

morales · September 03, 2009

great design! what is the reason all the windows need to be covered?

cad · September 03, 2009

ivory and ebony
living together in
perfect harmony

alan · September 03, 2009

welcome to the borg

Emerson Gámez B. · September 03, 2009

me gusta!


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