Family houses

Marco de Canaveses. Portugal

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Dwelling in Avessadas

Nuno Graça Moura, arquitecto

FAD Awards finalist 2009  Architecture
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This dwelling skilfully resolves the challenge of introducing a contemporary language into a very intense rural environment formed from sequences of stone walls that characterise a landscape with which it ends up establishing a rigorous and respectful dialogue. The plot is in a terrain marked by a powerful slope in the “concejo” of Marco de Canaveses, characterised by the presence of farming platforms resting against stone walls that can attain heights of five to six metres and that run parallel to the river Tâmega.

The dwelling stands as a blind, abstract block integrated into one of those walls of larger dimension. The lower floor appears on a recessed plane, forming an open overhang giving on to the garden and the river. Access takes place via the roof level, which has been treated as a vegetation-covered surface in the manner of one of the farming terraces of the surrounding landscape. The upper floor is reserved for the private areas (bedrooms, bathrooms and a study), opening on to an internal courtyard that organises the floor plan, while on the lower floor the communal areas open on to the west-facing garden. An internal double-height sitting room links up the two floors.

The volume of the upper floor has been rendered and painted, while the lower floor has been built as if it was another stone wall in order to blend it into the existing landscape.

A suite of stairs and ramps situated between the existing stone walls leads down to a platform on which a swimming pool has been built. It resembles another of the platforms in the rural landscape.

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Localización: Marco de Canaveses. Portugal. Autor: Nuno Graça Moura, arquitecto. Colaboradores: Luísa Rosas, Vicente Brito, Cátia Bernardo, Rita Machado, Sofia Ferreira da Silva, Carlos Castro, Pedro Gonçalves. Ingeniería: Envest. Constructora: Constance. Fotografía: Nuno Graça Moura
Graça Moura, Nuno
4100-225 Porto, Portugal