House in Macinhata / Nuno Brandao Costa

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Architect: Nuno Brandao Costa
Location: Lugar da Quinta do Monte, Macinhata da Seixa, Oliveira de Azeméis,
Collaboration: André Eduardo Tavares, Joana Restivo, Inês Pimentel
Client: Dr. Jorge de Jesus Ribeiro
Foundations and Structures: Ana Isabel Vale (AB Projectos)
Hydraulic equipment and installations: Ana Isabel Vale (AB Projectos)
Electricity & Safety: Maria da Luz Santiago (RS associados)
Hvac: Raul Bessa (GET)
Project Area: 313 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Nuno Brandao Costa

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The client wanted a house that would fulfil an old dream: to be in the living-room and watch the sea.

The land was high but not enough to get a glimpse of the water down there in the West.

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Thus, the house kept rising volume after volume until it reached the living-room, opened and looking at the sea.

Everything was inverted:

© Courtesy of Nuno Brandao Costa

A granite platform simulates a Northern house, placed on a stone threshing floor, with only two storeys. The third storey is hidden under the slope to open itself over Oliveira city, the bedrooms and below them the pool.

The windows, many and large, are opened to every direction so that the house faces everywhere.

© Courtesy of Nuno Brandao Costa

Upstairs the framework cuts out the westward landscape inside the living-room almost as a canvas painted only for this house, a dream once again drawn: “Ça c`est pour moi, le plus beau et le plus triste paysage du monde. C´est le même paysage de la page précédente, mais je lái dessiné une fois encore pour bien vous le montrer. C´est ici que le petit prince a apparu sur terre, puis disparu.” final excerpt of Le Petit Prince, Antoine Saint-Exupéry

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  • jonjon

    Great project… great photos… very well done x

  • Lucas

    Boxes, boxes and more boxes…
    Is that all you can do Mr. Nuno Brandao Costa?

  • Pedro Furtado

    Awesome architectural “boxes”! :-D

  • rolo

    yes indeed

    beautiful boxes!!

  • luda

    great inside design but i dont like it.

  • architect

    i am getting tired of boxes.
    especially those coming from my country Portugal.

  • luca


  • bardo

    exquisite. nothing more be need said.

  • tsk tsk

    I like this one, it’s better than the little house NBC has completed in AV. Boavista, Porto.

  • up_today_arch

    Nice small house, real pearl… Almost all houses around us have rectangular shape (they are boxes), almost all vehicles have four vheels and aircrafts have two wings… this is life as it is… Thanks for executive drawings for this project. It is more important than pictures…