© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre
  • Architects: André Simão arquitectura
  • Location: Abade de Neiva, Portugal
  • Author: André Simão
  • Structural Engineer: Nuno Lourenço
  • Construction: Freitas & Torres LDA
  • Area: 5080.57 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

Text description provided by the architects. The object of this project is a small estate in the rural interior of the county of Barcelos, in the north of Portugal, where there was a farmer’s house and a sequeiro (a vernacular architectural structure used to dry and store cereals). The facade, almost without windows, describes a long curve following the shape of the street, which closes over the interior of the property, like a rolled-up cat. After being numbered and disassembled, the elements of the existing stone masonry were recombined, creating the geometry of a new elevation, facing the garden. Behind this puzzle of built memory, a secondary glazed facade was conceived, privileging the connection with the natural landscape.


© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

Ground Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre



The private and service areas are facing east, while the social area, facing south, proposes the free and exploratory use of a succession of mezzanines. At the northern end of the house, a suspended body – the painting studio – swings beyond the old stones of the primitive structure, challenging the surrounding landscape.


© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

Sections

Sections

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

The house faces the street like a blank canvas, laconic and abstract, returning the shadows of the neighboring buildings. 


© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

 I asked the owners, with whom a strong dialectical relationship had been established during the process: “what name would you give to your house?”. Their answer honors one of the trees that, without leaving the garden, enters the Persimmon tree house” every day.


© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

© Carlos Eduardo Vinagre

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