Vale de Abelha House / Duarte Pape

  • 15 Mar 2013
  • Houses Residential Selected Works
© Francisco Nogueira

Location: , Portugal
Engineering: Eng. Francisco Domingos
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira

Located in a small village in the Portuguese North West border, the project arises from the necessity of expansion of a preexisting old housing structure, with typical and vernacular identity, and adaptation to new constructive and spatial requirements.

© Francisco Nogueira

The preexisting structure – Ground floor and fist floor levels – ‘hosts’ the private housing program, rooms and bathrooms, which in the constructive issue, sought to recover some of the traditional construction techniques, keeping as well the humble architecture language.

© Francisco Nogueira

The new expansion volume, receives the social housing program – living rooms, kitchen and transition spaces – takes on to an contemporary language that searches for the better landscape framework, connected with the efficient sunlight orientation, that creates an fine relation between interior & exterior space. The option for the wood and noble material facade, contributes to the low visual impact and good integration to surrounding atmosphere.

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