portuguese practice baseArquitetura has designed a concrete-clad house in its hometown of espinho, a city approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of porto. the building, which was completed earlier this year, appears as a monolithic volume with select openings cut out of its imposing board formed concrete façade. at ground level, sliding timber doors can be opened to remove the division between the home’s garden, which features a generously sized pool, and its internal living space.


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with the door retracted, the garden forms an extension of the living accommodation, which is found at ground level. comprising timber slats, baseArquitetura designed the appearance of the sliding wooden doors to mimic the verticality of the building’s vast board formed concrete elevations. a secluded additional outdoor space is found at the rear of the property with a long concrete bench providing a place for contemplation or congregation.


select openings have been cut out of the board formed concrete façade

 

 

the use of wood is continued throughout the project’s interiors, where pale timber floors and furnishings have been paired with brilliant white walls and ceilings. minimally decorated, the scheme’s upstairs bedrooms adjoin an outdoor terrace that runs the entire length of the dwelling. other residential projects recently completed in portugal include a former winery that was transformed into a vibrantly colored two-storey home and an all-white ‘cubic’ residence.


the building appears as an imposing monolithic volume


the wooden doors mimic the verticality of the building’s vast board formed concrete façades


primary living accommodation is found at ground level


the sliding doors can be opened to extend the living space externally


an additional outdoor space is found at the rear of the property


the upstairs bedrooms adjoin an outdoor terrace that runs the entire length of the dwelling


pale timber floors have been paired with brilliant white walls and ceilings


the garden features a generously sized pool at its rear


the project is located in espinho, a portuguese city approximately 20 kilometers south of porto

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