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House in Aldeia de Joao Pires

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Rural House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

Design: HBG Architects

Location: Aldeia de Joao Pires, Penamacor, Beira Interior Sul, Centro, Portugal

House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

An austere and traditional exterior, materialized in rough granite, blends gently with the surrounding constructions. This tough exterior contrasts with a clearly contemporary interior, delicately shaped into a cosy, warm and comfortable space, with a surprising luminosity.

House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

The main focal element of the intervention is the customized stairbench-table-replace, that sets all the rules for the project. Light input, carefully controlled through zenithal openings, produces dramatic effects on the bush-hammered stone.

House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

A similar approach is used on the wooden elements that proliferate in the house, changing its ambience throughout the day. The walled patio includes a shed and a small garden, some trees and a stone-lined pond.

House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

The brief was to transform an ancient community oven, owned by the client’s family for decades, into a comfortable, single bedroom vacation house, with space to gather the family when needed.

The original construction was a small, single-story volume, with thick exposed granite walls and a gable roof. A walled area, including an almost ruined porch, complemented the property.

The region has very cold winters and stifling summers. According to the brief, the intervention should also provide ease of use in both situations.

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Located in a small, well-preserved village in the rural centre of Portugal, close to the border, the house, as many others around it, was closed and unused for more than half a century.

It had, however, a quiet dignity and a sad beauty. The potential was definitely there.

House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

The project includes several proposals:

– To keep the beautiful external walls, raising them to the alignment of the adjoining construction, allowing for a bigger volumetry and the possibility of building a mezzanine.
– To maintain a discrete and traditional exterior, assuming the possibility of turning the interior into a much more contemporary and compelling space.
– To compensate for the lack of space by maximizing its use and reducing the partitions to the essential, while searching for a volumetric quality.
– To convert the walled area into a small garden, with a covered space to allow for external meals, and a water element to ease the torrid summers.

Rural House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal Ground Floor Plan:
Rural House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal Ground Floor Plan

An austere exterior, materialized in rough granite, blends gently with the surrounding constructions, but contrasts with a clearly contemporary interior, delicately shaped into a cosy, warm, and comfortable space, that presents a surprising luminosity, taking into consideration that the traditional constructions of the area have usually dark and gloomy interiors.
A loft-like interior gathers kitchen, living, and eating areas into a single space at the entry level, while the intimate areas are harboured in a mezzanine.

The main focal element of the entire intervention is the customised stair-bench-table-fireplace, that sets all the rules for the construction. This is the generating element of all the internal geometries, and the guiding thread of the entire project, which accentuates the verticality of the double height area. It is also a reinterpretation of Scarpa’s Olivetti Showroom in Venice, and a humble homage to the great Italian master.

Light input is carefully controlled through wall and zenithal openings, that produce dramatic effects on the bush-hammered stone, and on the wooden elements that proliferate in the house, changing its ambience throughout the day.

House in Aldeia de Joao Pires, Portugal

Customized carpentries help to add a sense of quality to the space, while providing for multiple storage areas.
The walled patio includes a shed, a garden, a few trees that will hopefully age with the house, and a small stone cladded pond. A corten steel made raised flower bed awaits for the plants.

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Aldeia de Joao Pires House – Building Information

ARCHITECT /DESIGNER: Henrique Barros Gomes, HBG Architects
COLLABORATORS: Construction Company: DBC Construções
LOCATION: Aldeia de João Pires, Penamacor, Portugal
DATE: 2020

Architecture: HBG Architects
https://www.henriquebgomes.com/
info@henriquebgomes.com
+351 21 395 08 43
+351 93 543 02 03

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Location: Aldeia de Joao Pires, Penamacor, Beira Interior Sul, Centro, Portugal, south western Europe

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