Padre Botte House / CNLL

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Nogueira da Regedoura, Portugal
  • Architects: CNLL
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  338
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2003
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Marcos Oliveira
  • Architecture Coordinator: Nuno Lacerda Lopes
  • Architecture Collaborators: CNLL, Augusto Rachão, Ana Viana, Maria João Venâncio
  • Client: Padre Gonçalo Botte
  • Lot Area: 1.765 m2
  • City: Nogueira da Regedoura
  • Country: Portugal
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Padre Botte House / CNLL - Image 3 of 19
© Marcos Oliveira

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.

Padre Botte House / CNLL - Beam
© Marcos Oliveira

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.

Padre Botte House / CNLL - Image 12 of 19
Ground Floor Plan

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.

Padre Botte House / CNLL - Table, Windows, Chair, Beam, Deck
© Marcos Oliveira

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Cite: "Padre Botte House / CNLL" 26 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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