Portuguese architects Sofia Parente and André Delgado have converted an previous stone barn in Viana do Castelo into a compact two-storey residence (+ slideshow).
The architects – who have recently formed a studio named Par-Do – were tasked with fully overhauling the ageing creating, which sits in between a street and a vineyard on the outskirts of the Portuguese town.
Their technique concerned inserting a new framework behind the classic stone walls, leaving the exterior of the building largely unchanged. This produced it achievable to develop rooms with straight walls.
The house’s ground floor is stepped to follow the sloping topography of the website. The lowest segment kinds the cooking and dining space, whilst the upper part varieties a living area with a double-height ceiling overhead.
A wooden box was added at the centre of the prepare, acting as an informal partition amongst these ground floor spaces and supporting a mezzanine floor built over to create a bedroom.
“The undertaking commenced with the perimeter pre-current walls, to which we additional the initial floor and the multifunctional box,” explained Parente and Delgado.
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“The central wood box is the bounding piece of the distinct locations, incorporating a number of usages and furniture elements.”
On the ground floor, these uses contain a pantry storage location for the kitchen, a shelf in the living region, and a concealed bathroom. The box also frames the staircase, and accommodates a research mezzanine and a bedroom wardrobe on the upper floor.
“Due to the modest size of the house, the secondary areas have been condensed, making the primary regions far more open in relation with every single other, and giving the internal space a more versatile use and clearer circulation,” added the architects.
A constrained spending budget prompted the use of minimal-cost components, so the wooden box was constructed utilizing birch plywood with a lacquered finish. The very same material was selected for the kitchen cabinetry, and to generate broad frames around the door and window openings.
It was also used upstairs to create a series of rotating louvres that allow residents to open or close their bedroom to the living room below. This helps to carry in a lot more light, as the space has only a single modest window.
Instead of leaving the material exposed in the bedroom, the team painted these elements white to camouflage with the walls.
The floor on this storey is also birch plywood, contrasting with the poured concrete surface on the degree under.
“The selected resources emphasize the luminosity and the neutral ambience of the open locations,” additional the architects.
Nogueiras House was finished earlier this year, and has an all round floor location of just 50 squares metres.
Photography is by José Campos.
Exploded axonometric drawing – click for larger image Ground floor prepare – click for more substantial picture Very first floor strategy – click for bigger picture Section one – click for more substantial image Area two – click for bigger image Area 3 – click for greater picture Area 4 – click for greater image