stu.dere shapes its 'casa ponte' as a concrete slab atop glowing boxes in portugal

stu.dere shapes its 'casa ponte' as a concrete slab atop glowing boxes in portugal

‘casa ponte’ bridges its sloping site

 

Portuguese design studio stu.dere completes this Casa Ponte as an adaptation of the architecture to the unique morphology of the landscape of Amarante, Portugal. The design, shaped by the narrow and extended configuration of the site, reflects a deliberate effort to blend the structure with its sloping surroundings. The project not only adapts to the landscape but also defines its volumetric presence, creating a bridge-like connection with the environment, captured here by Ivo Tavares Studio.

stu.dere casa ponte portugalimages © Ivo Tavares Studio

 

 

stu.dere encloses glowing boxes with concrete slab

 

Casa Ponte takes shape with a large concrete slab, which the architects at stu.dere design to gracefully rest atop two light-filled boxes made of polycarbonate. This design choice not only outlines the contours of the house but also imparts a sense of suspended elegance. The concrete roof, contrasted with translucent polycarbonate, addresses local mandates for sloping roofs while presenting a contemporary aesthetic. The exterior of Casa Ponte is characterized by flat and clean lines, employing materials such as concrete, aluminum slats, and polycarbonate. These materials converge to create a seamless facade without the need for additional layers. The intentional orientation towards the green expanse of the distant forest ensures privacy for the inhabitants, a quality further enhanced by the elevated positioning of the house.

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a concrete roof rests on lightweight polycarbonate boxes

 

 

Illuminated Interiors: A Play of Light and Space

 

Guided by principles of fluid connectivity, stu.dere prioritizes spaces that merge with the landscape of Portugal, creating a unified living experience throughout Casa Ponte. The use of polycarbonate-clad volumes for intimate areas ensures privacy, while glazed sections welcome social activities. Flooring choices contribute to the continuity of spaces as microcement floor in social areas, seamlessly lead toward the concrete slabs outdoors.

Casa Ponte comes alive with abundant natural light, captured through expansive windows that establish a direct connection with the surrounding gardens. The hipped roof design incorporates a large rectangular skylight, and strategically shapes social areas to introduce dynamic hierarchies to the interiors.

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a material palette of concrete, aluminum, and polycarbonate create a visually cohesive exterior stu.dere casa ponte portugal
the lightweight volumes seem to float above the plotstu.dere shapes its 'casa ponte' as a concrete slab atop glowing boxes in portugal
Casa Ponte’s orientation towards the vast forest ensures privacy and sweeping views

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materials lend fluid connections between the indoor and outdoor spaces

stu.dere shapes its 'casa ponte' as a concrete slab atop glowing boxes in portugal
wooden flooring in private areas and microcement in social spaces contribute to a sense of continuity

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a central skylight and large widows flood the interiors with natural sunlight

 

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basement 'cave' floor plan
basement 'cave' floor plan
ground floor plan
ground floor plan
roof plan
roof plan

project info:

 

project title: Casa Ponte

architecture: stu.dere | @stu.dere

location: Amarante, Portugal

lead architects: Ulisses Costa

construction: Habirobim

total area: 970 square meters

completion: 2023

photography: © Ivo Tavares Studio@ivotavaresstudio

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