Architects: Pereira Miguel Arquitectos
- Year: 2014
Photographs:Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Rute Raposo
Interiors: Traço e Ofício, Água de Prata, Mizette Nielsen
- Homepage: Casas Caiadas
- Coordination: Luís Pereira Miguel
- Colaboration: Filipa Crespo Osório, Filipe Martins Correia
- Topography: Bruno Machado
- Supplier: FRADICAL
- Project: 2012
- Owners: Mário e Paula
- Architecture And Engineering: Pereira Miguel Arquitectos Lda.
- City: Arraiolos
- Country: Portugal
Text description provided by the architects. A Lisbon couple sets off into a real estate adventure and purchases, with an impulse, a small plot with four ruins in the middle of Alentejo called Moinho do Barroco (Barroco’s Water Mill). The location is remote, without paved road access and only accessible in summer, as the river fills and overflows in winter.
The early days are passed clearing the land, investigating the site and thinking what to do next. They decide to get help and recover the original buildings, keeping as much as possible of what remains original and unique, and found in arquitect Luís Pereira Miguel the right partner for the project.
The "Casas Caiadas" (Whitewashed Houses) project is presently a rural tourism estate in the Arraiolos region, north of Évora, designed for hosting families, or groups, up to eight people. Casas Caiadas consists of three independent houses (plus a support house), fully restored from a core of old water mills, in the heart of an Alentejo with waterways, luscious green landscape most of the year and megalithic rocks.
A place to relax by a stream that runs between stones, surrounded by centennial olive trees, menhirs and a beach-like swimming pool. Nearby, there are towns of unique beauty and historical interest, with castles and other monuments. When night falls, back at “Casas Caiadas”, the sky offers a chance to contemplate the stars with visibility conditions like no other place in the south of Europe. Close to Arraiolos, the authentic Alentejo.