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helder de carvalho: house AADD in portugal
feb 19, 2013
helder de carvalho: house AADD in portugal


‘house AADD’ by helder de carvalho, marco de canaveses, portugal
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in the rural area of vila boa de quires just east of porto, the ‘house AADD’ by portuguese architect helder de carvalho enjoys elevated views of the
faraway horizon and green inland scenery. two stacked boxes, a regular white square on a darker inset rectangle creates a dichotomy, offer a visibly
public structure with a private mass hidden in its shadows. the entrance takes the user over a series of protruding concrete platforms around a solitary
olive tree, an organic touch in front of a rectilinear form. three bedrooms and two living rooms enjoy the company of various qualities of light through
the different apertures and terraces that interrupt the continuity of the tiled outer skin. the lower area contains the kitchen, dining, and social gathering
area along with the garage, using the overhang of the primary program to provide much needed shade in the summer months. while the superior volume
lives in the sun, the inferior volume lives in the absence of direct light, where a series of edges controls and defines the character of illumination.
a skylight floods the hidden void between the site and the lower structure with light without overheating, a powerful element in a dark chasm. the interior
in contrast is much more integrated with double-height spaces and visually connected rooms between the two levels. a natural stone wall cuts through
the floors also joining the elements with a single plane.

 

 


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front elevation
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entry
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entrance
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view from the entry to the site
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view from the yard
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lower dining area with stone wall that continues into the upstairs
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living room with double-height stone wall connects the upstairs with the downstairs
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work desk
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simple geometries in natural materials define interior fixtures
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stairs
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central stairwell
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simple interior details and retractable doors section off different areas
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intermediate corridor with large windows
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corridor into bedroom
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dark area between the lower volume and retaining wall lit by the void above
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view from under the main volume into the yard
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floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


section

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 

project info:

 

 

architecture: galeria gabinete by helder de carvalho
engineering: jasmim reis
collaborators: carla zuzarte, cláudio ferreira, michael ferreira, sérgio azevedo, sidónio de jesus
location: vila boa de quires – marco de canaveses, portugal
built: 2012

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