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 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.