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House in Amares / Luís Peixoto

House in Amares / Luís Peixoto

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  • Architects: Luís Peixoto
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  249
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Arménio Teixeira
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Cortizo, Recer, Sanindusa, CS Coelho da Silva, Doerken, Sanitana, Velux
  • Lead Architects : Luís Peixoto
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House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade
© Arménio Teixeira

Text description provided by the architects. Casa em Amares results from the rehabilitation and expansion of an ancient country house, dating back to the 18th century, located in a low-density residential area interspersed with agricultural and forested land, close to Serra do Gerês. The project's main challenges resulted from the need to adapt the existing construction to contemporary housing standards and demands, without compromising the formal and temporal coherence of the ensemble. The proposal is thus divided into two volumes, of which autonomous expressions result from their specific temporal circumstances. This duality also reflects itself at a functional level, through distinct notions of domestic space that coexistent and articulated in the same house.

House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira
House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira
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Detail
House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira

The first volume coincides with the original house, of which the exterior image, the structure, and the distribution system were essentially maintained, including the main entrance, traditionally made through the kitchen, as the central space of country domestic life. The features of the existing house provided a sheltering and intimate environment, due to its traditional and pragmatic construction, defined by restricted compartments, thick stone walls, and reduced openings that limited the entry of natural light, accommodating basic timeless activities, such as cooking, eating, intimate care and rest.

House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography, Door, Facade
© Arménio Teixeira
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Ground floor plan
House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Interior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira

Contrary to what happens in the existing house, the new volume defines an open-space, brightly lit and exposed to the landscape, more suited for external contemplation than to the inwardness of domestic life, and also differing from the remaining spaces thanks to its amplitude and flexibility of use. While the ancient house is firmly rooted on the ground, the new volume is elevated through concrete pillars, resting on a reused beam from a previous extension.

House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Interior Photography, Fence
© Arménio Teixeira
House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Interior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira

The new extension takes the form of an exposed concrete volume, with a vast window entirely facing the landscape that extends across its entire width, reinforcing its presence inside. The language of the new construction alludes to the constructive principles of the traditional granaries found in northern Portugal, reinforcing this relation through the use of red wooden shutters that mark the east façade.

House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira

Despite assuming a modern spatiality, a contemporary language, and a construction system, the new volume still relates to local ancient traditions, in the same way, that, in the opposite sense, the ancient house is transformed to match the needs of contemporary living. The project strategy was thus based on a set of oppositions and dialogues between spaces, materials, and forms derived from different times in history, seeking to overcome the opposition between tradition and innovation, and pursuing harmony within the context while contributing to its revitalization.

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House in Amares / Luís Peixoto - Exterior Photography
© Arménio Teixeira

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Cite: "House in Amares / Luís Peixoto" [Casa em Amares / Luís Peixoto] 12 Jul 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/964805/house-in-amares-luis-peixoto> ISSN 0719-8884

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