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House in Afife / Nuno Brandao Costa

  • Architects: Nuno Brandao Costa
  • Location: Afife, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Architect: Nuno Brandão Costa
  • Collaboration: André Eduardo Tavares, Pedro Almeida, Marta Reis
  • Client: Ricardo Ferreira da Silva
  • Foundations & Structures: Ricardo Ferreira da Silva
  • Hydraulic Equipment And Fittings: Ricardo Ferreira da Silva
  • Electricity: GPIC, Raul Serafim Barros Silva
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Arménio Teixeira

© Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira

From the architect. The house, a project for a friend of mine, was meant to fit into the rural scale of the site.

All was therefore mostly kept at ground level, in two separate concrete volumes, grazing against the existing granite wall that set the geometry of the plan.

© Arménio Teixeira
© Arménio Teixeira

Bedrooms, kitchen, office and garage were condensed together. All with sliding doors and panels and very wide openings to the outside.

The living room spans the entire width of the building (10 meters), making it a huge space.

The suite was placed on top of the slab with a sea viewing window, turning the roof into a living space. A wooden veranda widens the house.

The scale of the site was always present in every project and construction detail:

Concrete, plaster with iron oxide, solid wooden frames, old Riga wood flooring, stainless-steel sheet-covering, gates and stairs. Outside old irregular granite stone for paths and walls.

© Arménio Teixeira
© Arménio Teixeira

The external pavement is like a wall lying flat, protecting the house.

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