Cabo de Vila is a house for a young couple that wanted a residence that wouldn’t look like a regular one. When Spaceworkers ﬁrst meet the place for the house, the approach to the location gave them the central mote for the project. They wanted a shape that can ﬁll the void left by the valley and at the same time this new shape to embrace and reﬂects the surrounding green areas giving its users a special perspective on the landscape.
The proposed volume materializes its shape through two concrete slabs with its concave sides, allowing a light glass and wood wall to unroll between them, which in a positive and negative game let the interior of the building communicate with the exterior. Inside, the house reﬂects the way of living of his owners.
The central courtyard welcomes anyone who enters the house and organizes all the common spaces around it like a never-ending space. Here, there are no barriers between the different spaces, only an organic geometry that establishes hierarchies between them and that allows mutual visual contact.
The private spaces of the house are hidden behind a curtain wall that surrounds the courtyard as well as the garage and the service areas.
Like in the common areas the main bedroom is a ﬂuid space without doors, where the hierarchy of the relations between the closet the bathroom and the sleeping area shapes the space. With raw materials inside and outside, the house establish a perfect connection with the surroundings ready to grow hold with the nature.
Facts & Credits:
Project: Private House
Year: 2010 – 2015
Address: Paredes – Portugal
principal architects: Henrique Marques, architect | Rui Dinis, architect
architects: Rui Rodrigues, architect | Sérgio Rocha, architect | Rui Miguel, architect
Furniture Design: Bairro Design®
ﬁnance director: Carla Duarte – cfo
Photography: Fernando Guerra®
Video: Building Pictures