Fonte Boa House in Portugal

Fonte Boa House, Portugal Residential Building, Portuguese Architecture, Photography

Fonte Boa House

Contemporary Portuguese Residence – design by João Mendes Ribeiro, architect

3 Dec 2015

Fonte Boa House in Portugal

Design: João Mendes Ribeiro, architects

Location: Fonte Boa, Portugal

The Fonte Boa House is a single family house designed in a rural estate in Fartosa, Fonte Boa, in the centre of Portugal.

Fonte Boa House

The small estate, with a vineyard and olive grove, is located in the Rabaçal valley, confined by the Jerumelo, Sicó and Espinhal mountains. 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.

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

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.

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

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). 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.

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

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. The communication between the two floors is made by a cabinet/staircase that reinforces the longitudinal direction of the house.

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa 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.

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House in Portugal – Building Information

Project year: 2015
Client: João Miguel Pêga
Location: Fonte Boa, Fartosa, Penela
Area: 180 m2

Architecture
Author: João Mendes Ribeiro
Collaboration: Joana Figueiredo, Catarina Fortuna, Filipe Catarino

Engineering
Structural Engineer: Paulo Maranha (ECA Projectos)
Hydraulic Engineer: Paulo Sampaio (ECA Projectos)
Electrical Engineer: Luís Ribeiro (ECA Projectos)
Contractor: Civifran

Fonte Boa House

Fonte Boa House

Photographs: José Campos Architectural Photographer

Fonte Boa House information received 031215


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