carlos castanheira's barrocas house expansion includes an elevated timber pavilion

carlos castanheira's barrocas house expansion includes an elevated timber pavilion

porto-based architect carlos castanheira has completed the extension of a sprawling residential property in central portugal. the overhaul of the ‘barrocas house’ involved the addition of two wings to the existing home, as well as a timber-clad pavilion located to the east of the main residence. the pavilion is positioned on the highest point of the property, sited among the pine trees that populate the site. the client asked for an isolated building that would serve as an autonomous living space filled with books, music, and even a model train set.

all images by fernando guerra



as the timber boards that clad the pavilion don’t reach the ground, the pavilion appears to levitate above the undulating terrain. a concrete stairway provides a sense of arrival with the structure designed to provide a contrast with the remainder of the home. internally, carlos castanheira carefully positioned the structure’s windows and two terraces to maximize daylight and views.



elsewhere, the architect extended the original house with two new wings that serve as a lounge and a bedroom respectively. the new living space has been designed to open the dwelling up to the surrounding landscape with a veranda that offer sweeping views. elevated on timber supports, the copper-roofed structure also provides shelter for cars to park beneath the open-air terrace. the bedroom, meanwhile, adapts its volume and roof to the existing structure, while simultaneously asserting its own personality and contemporaneity.



project info:


project: barrocas homestead main house expansion and pavilion
location: estremoz, portugal
date: 2015-2017
client: sociedade agrícola monte das barrocas, lda.
architect: carlos castanheira
office in portugal: CC&CB – architects, lda.
project architect: joão figueiredo
project team: sara pinto, fernanda sá
structure: HDP- construction and engineering projects, lda
photography: fernando guerra FG+SG, fotografia de arquitectura
site area: 436,000 sqm
main house expansion construction area: 150 sqm
main house expansion floor area: 140 sqm
pavilion construction area: 150 sqm
pavilion floor area: 135 sqm

    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
    LOG IN
    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
    502,303 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample