House with Four Houses in Penafiel

House with Four Houses, Penafiel Residence, Portugal Residential Building, Portuguese Architecture

House with Four Houses

Contemporary Portuguese Residence – design by prod architecture & design

8 Oct 2016

House with Four Houses in Penafiel

Architects: prod architecture & design

Location: Penafiel, Portugal

Houses in Penafiel

Penafiel Residence

Penafiel Residence

This holiday house for a family of four is located in the north of Portugal. It’s shape is defined by the same number of individual volumes. They have similar dimensions but distinct orientations.

Penafiel Residence

Three of the volumes are orthogonally organized around a core, whilst a fourth rotates to match the direction of an existing neighbouring building.

Penafiel Residence

The proximity between the two constructions led to a desired dialogue. The modest dimensions of the existing building determined the scale of the house while the vernacular identity influenced its layout.

Penafiel Residence

Each volume has a two slope roof. Besides emphasizing its individuality it enabled to increase the plasticity of the composition.

Penafiel Residence

The volumes of House with Four Houses are separated but disposed at a critical distance. It creates an interstitial space covered by a flat transparent roof and full size windows.

Penafiel Residence

It is a special space with a hybrid character. The considerable dematerialization of its limits leads to be felt as both internal and external.

Penafiel Residence

This solution meets the clients requirement to design a house with strong links with the surroundings. When moving from one room to another it allows to comfortably “walk through the leaves”.

Penafiel Residence

The house is organized in three floors. On the basement there is a garage, wine storage and laundry room. On the main floor the bedrooms are located on the east side, while the kitchen, dining room and living room are placed on the west, close to a terrace with privileged view to a valey. Over the living room there is a mezzanine with a small office.

Penafiel Residence

Penafiel Residence

Penafiel Residence

The global coherence of the house highly depended on the material choice. The combination of local granite for the embasement, patinated pine boards on the walls and zinc on the roof granted a rich silver homogenity combining different tones and textures.

Penafiel Residence

Photographs: Joao Morgado

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