ArchitectsAtelier Carvalho Araújo - José Manuel Carvalho Araújo
LocationSanto Tirso, Portugal
Design TeamJoel Moniz, Filipe Russel, Hugo Melo
Text description provided by the architects. A couple of doctors gather friends and colleagues to meetings and thematic workshops. Without adequate space in the current house, they requested a small multifunctional building for an adjacent parcel. On the edge of town, in the slope of the valley, lie the two terrains at different heights. In one terrain, overlooking the other, there is a detached house in the center.
The other has a beautiful informal garden, with large trees and a lake that anticipates the feeling of the river lower down. It was essential to maintain this view over the garden. It was difficult to choose the location for the new studio. The garden seemed untouchable, with a few sunny areas. Since the terrains have different heights, the retaining wall that separates them had an unclear drawing.
The new building comes from the idea of the redefinition of this threshold, as a construction uniting the two terrains. We intended to prolong the top platform through an existing coverage / garden, stabilizing the amplitude of this view. The coverage stands out from the retaining wall and splits into two, leaving two uneven coverages, so that the room of the house does not lose sight over the lake.
From the garden the coverages stand out. The buildings recede to stay under the shade. In one side there is a small room with a dining support, in the other side four rooms linked by doors, which can function as small bedrooms or work studios.