Location: Paredes, Portugal
Design date: 2010
Completion date: 2015
Built area: 340m2
Architecture Studio: spaceworkers
Architects: Henrique Marques, Rui Dinis
Finance director: Carla duarte
Photographer: Fernando Guerra
Other architects: Rui Rodrigues, Sérgio Rocha, Rui Miguel
Text provided by the architects:
Cabo de villa is a house for a young couple that wanted a house that doesn't look like a regular house. When we first meet the place for the house, the approach to the location gives us the central mote for the project. We wanted a shape that can fill the void left by the valley and at the same time, we wanted this new shape to embrace and reflects the surrounding green areas giving its users a special perspective on the landscape.
The proposed volume materializes its shape through two concrete slabs with its concave sides, allowing a light glass and
wood wall to unroll between them, which is a positive and negative game lets the interior of the house communicate with the exterior.
Inside, the house reflects the way of living of his owners. The central courtyard welcomes anyone who enters the house and
organizes all the common spaces around it like a no end space. Here, there are no barriers between the different spaces, only an organic geometry that establishes hierarchies between them, and that allows mutual visual contact.
The private spaces of the house are hidden behind a curtain wall that surrounds the courtyard as well as the garage and the service areas. Like in the common areas the main bedroom is a fluid space without doors, where the hierarchy of the relations between the closet the bathroom, and the sleeping area shapes the space.
With raw materials inside and outside, the house establishes a perfect connection with the surroundings ready to grow hold with nature.