- Architecture Coordinator:Nuno Lacerda Lopes
- Architecture Collaborators:Augusto Rachão, Ana Viana, Maria João Venâncio
- Client:Padre Gonçalo Botte
- Lot Area:1.765 m2
- City:Nogueira da Regedoura
Text description provided by the architects. The programme defined the construction of a single family house on land, which had an old parish house facing a narrow street and a large area with some fruit trees behind it.
First the trees, then the living space, followed by the unusual appropriation and demands of a space for a cultured and determined priest were the motivations behind this design solution. There is no place for representation, nor is any axis mundi developed here; structure is merely given to thoughts on the past and the future, old and new dreams about ways of living are ordered and recreated, so that privacy and comfort, opacity and transparency, horizontality and verticality, the exterior and the interior, shadow and light, can converse.
Two overlapping bodies define the rules of the house, the cardus and decumanus axes organise the experience and emotion that must exist within. Outside, the bodies have pure geometric forms, without windows “where you can’t see the landscape”, they create a game where the only rule is simply to create surprise at the concept of living that is proposed and stimulated.