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  5. João Mendes Ribeiro
  6. 2015
  7. Fonte Boa House / João Mendes Ribeiro

Fonte Boa House / João Mendes Ribeiro

  • 05:00 - 8 December, 2015
Fonte Boa House / João Mendes Ribeiro
Fonte Boa House / João Mendes Ribeiro, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 55

  • Collaborators

    Joana Figueiredo, Catarina Fortuna, Filipe Catarino
  • Structural Engineer

    Paulo Maranha (ECA Projectos)
  • Hydraulic Engineer

    Paulo Sampaio (ECA Projectos)
  • Electrical Engineer

    Luís Ribeiro (ECA Projectos)
  • Contractor

    Civifran
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© José Campos
© José Campos

Text description provided by the architects. The Fonte Boa House is a single family house designed in a rural estate in Fartosa, Fonte Boa, in the centre of Portugal. The small estate, with a vineyard and olive grove, is located in the Rabaçal valley, confined by the Jerumelo, Sicó and Espinhal mountains.

© José Campos
© José Campos

This expressive valley's landscape, which was once occupied by a roman villa (around IV BC), is now mainly characterized by small plants and big olive trees.

© José Campos
© José Campos

The house is located in the west side of the estate, protected from the main road, taking advantage of the best sun exposure, the surrounding trees and the views over the valley. The accurate position of the house was set so that there wouldn't be major changes in the terrain, maintaining the existing slope and preserving all the existing trees.

Exploded Perspective 1
Exploded Perspective 1

Reinterpreting the traditional single family housing typology, the house is a two storey rectangular volume with a zinc pitched roof, whose volume detaches itself from the slope with a concrete basement (occupied by a small wine cellar).

© José Campos
© José Campos

From the street, the entrance is made through an opening in the stonewall that limits the south part of the site. The open garage, built below the terrain level, is enclosed by concrete walls, by the semi-underground concrete box that hosts the laundry room, and by the stairs that lead to the upper level where the house is located.

© José Campos
© José Campos

A succession of platforms leads to the entrance of the house, which is protected by a windbreak door. Inside, both floors are organized in three parts, with a core stairs and utility area that, on the ground floor, divides the dining from the living room and, on the first floor, separates the two main bedrooms.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© José Campos
© José Campos
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The communication between the two floors is made by a cabinet/staircase that reinforces the longitudinal direction of the house. All the interior spaces have a particular relationship with the outside, through a set of big openings or small windows that intensify, in very different ways, the connection that the house establishes with the landscape.

© José Campos
© José Campos
Cite: "Fonte Boa House / João Mendes Ribeiro" 08 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/778278/fonte-boa-house-joao-mendes-ribeiro/> ISSN 0719-8884
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