estudio branco del rio elevates light-filled family home in portugal
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feb 26, 2016

estudio branco del rio elevates light-filled family home in portugal

estudio branco del rio elevates light-filled family home in portugal
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contrasting against the blue skies in portugal, ‘house in coimbra’ is local architect branco-del rio arquitectos’ recently completed residential project. the stark white single family home sits on an isolated and raised plot with a south-facing garden.





composed of three floors, the interiors have been designed to link visually and instill a sense of continuity. each room unfolds onto the other, with the internal program distinguished by the varying contrast in light and materials. the organization of each floor responds to the typical system of services – from the cave-like basement to the overhead light that bathes the stairs and the work area adjacent to it at the top floor. the ground floor has been dedicated to the lounge, kitchen and dining to enable it to be focal point of the family’s activities.




‘the interiors follow one another, linking and relating visually – always offering distant perspectives and specific visual relations with the outside.’ – joão branco + paula del río, branco-del rio arquitectos

the south facing patio enables light to flood into the core of the residence




the patio can be accessed in three ways; each room positioned to seamlessly lead onto the outdoors, while natural light floods into each space. a concrete bench runs the length of the back wall and serves as a versatile surface.

a concrete bench runs the length of the back wall through the studio, living room and patio

large sliding doors lead out onto the concrete outdoor space

a sense of consistency is achieved through materials

the house has three floors

the studio space

the kitchen and dining room

a skylight gives the staircase and upper floors light

the single family home is located in the outskirts of coimbra, portugal

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