AZO sequeira arquitectos reinterprets a former dovecote in northern portugal

AZO sequeira arquitectos reinterprets a former dovecote in northern portugal


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.

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.

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.

accessed via a stone staircase, the playroom remains unfurnished

a square window offers views across the remainder of the property

the bathing room includes a shower

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

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

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

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

the house is located near the northern portuguese city of braga



floor plans

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


  • lovely
    this is life in its fullest form

    Waruna says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
503,278 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine