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Alto de Vila 365 House / Terra Arquitectos

Alto de Vila 365 House / Terra Arquitectos

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Porto, Portugal
  • Architects: Terra Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  245
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: MICROCRETE, Water Evolution, Konceitus, Porcelanosa, Roca
  • Lead Architects: João Francisco Vieira | Carlos Bessa Pinto
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© João Morgado
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Text description provided by the architects. Inserted in the urban fabric of Foz Velha - Porto this detached house seeks the balance between the remains of its history combined with contemporaneity. A characteristic that extends from the façade, which preserves and rehabilitates the lower level according to the existing one, to a higher level, which assumes a formal language of its own. The steel rings protruding from the wall serve not only as drip edges but also as chronological union elements.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
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Section
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© João Morgado

Considering the space that becomes scant, it is urgent to enhance the constructive capacity of the site, vertically lengthening the building. The house consists of a wide façade only, flanked by two blind facades and a back wall where the inner space may fleetingly breathe into a small patio. The premise of this framework has immediately led to a structure of intermediate floors, in order to facilitate the rise to the social space of the house, which is at the highest level. This verticality is accentuated by a generously sized skylight combined with cantilevered staircases, which seem to lure the user from the very first moment on the inside. The private spaces, where the use of wood is predominant, become hidden in this path.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
Elevation
Elevation
© João Morgado
© João Morgado

Despite this criss-crossed distribution, the communication between spaces is a constant, and the visual relationship between the living room and the kitchen is reinforced by an intermediate patio where a steel element becomes the centrepiece, establishing the filter to the outside world.  

© João Morgado
© João Morgado

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Cite: "Alto de Vila 365 House / Terra Arquitectos" [Casa Alto de Vila 365 / Terra Arquitectos] 11 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/954563/alto-de-vila-365-house-terra-arquitectos> ISSN 0719-8884

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