Two Ponds Bookend This Concrete-and-Wood Residence in Portugal



Braga–based firm Carvalho Araújo takes advantage of the ponds and stream that surround this dazzling, modern residence in Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Sited on a steep slope near a stream in Portugal’s famous Peneda-Gerês National Park in the northern part of the country, Gerês House by Carvalho Araújo is the reincarnation of a previously existing building. The home, previously at the top of the incline, was demolished and rebuilt to withstand the occasional landslides that occur in the area. 

The owner wanted a place to relax on weekends with his wife and three young children, and to enjoy his passions: art, architecture, and friends. He also uses the house as a showroom for his products and for business meetings.

The owner wanted a place to relax on weekends with his wife and three young children, and to enjoy his passions: art, architecture, and friends. He also uses the house as a showroom for his products and for business meetings.

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The new construction relates with the land in a very spontaneous way, taking advantage of its steep slope, the small stream, and the extraordinary view of the landscape.

The new construction relates with the land in a very spontaneous way, taking advantage of its steep slope, the small stream, and the extraordinary view of the landscape.

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The site overlooks the Caniçada Valley and has a stream winding down the site that connects a pond and at the top of the hillside to another pond at the bottom of the hill. Carvalho Araújo transformed both these ponds into natural, freeform pools. 

The owner of the house—founder of Ecosteel, a company that designs and manufactures minimalist but high-performance framing systems in steel and aluminum—created the motorized, 18-foot-tall glass sliders that bracket the living area.

The owner of the house—founder of Ecosteel, a company that designs and manufactures minimalist but high-performance framing systems in steel and aluminum—created the motorized, 18-foot-tall glass sliders that bracket the living area.

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