AZO sequeira arquitectos associados has reinterpreted a former dovecote to house a completely new program. located near the northern portuguese city of braga, the project’s architecture has been conceived as a ‘minimal concrete treehouse’, influenced by a spirit of childlike fantasy. the scheme comprises a gabled concrete volume that appears to float above the site’s existing stone walls.

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all images by nelson garrido

 

 

AZO proposed that the new structure contained a child’s playhouse at its upper level with a bathing room below, serving the adjacent pool. enclosed behind heavy stone walls, the balneary includes a shower, a toilet, and a large sink. accessed via a stone staircase, the playroom above remains unfurnished — soon to be populated with children’s toys and games.

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the former dovecote houses a completely new program

 

 

the building’s former use as a shelter for birds is referenced with a single triangular window, through which doves used to enter. at the upper storey, the 54 square meter-project can be securely enclosed with a retractable sliding door that provides internal access. led by architect mário sequeira, AZO has previously completed a house near porto with concrete façades and adjustable timber screens.

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accessed via a stone staircase, the playroom remains unfurnished

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a square window offers views across the remainder of the property

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the bathing room includes a shower

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a toilet and a large sink are also found at the lower level

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the project has been conceived as a ‘minimal concrete treehouse’

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the building’s former use is referenced with a triangular window, through which doves used to enter

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a gabled concrete volume appears to float above the site’s existing stone walls

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the house is located near the northern portuguese city of braga

 

drawings

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floor plans

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elevations and sectional drawing

 

 

project info:

 

name: the dovecote
architects: AZO. sequeira arquitectos associados lda
location: soutelo, braga, portugal
project architects: mário sequeira
project team: pedro soares, fátima barroso, jorge vilela, joão alves
structural engineer: BO associados
area: 54 sqm
completed: 2015
photography: nelson garrido

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