In the small Portuguese town of Arrifana, Pedro Henrique Arquiteto has realized a spacious new residence for a private client. Articulated by two concrete volumes, House CG embraces a recognizable archetype while using exposed concrete and natural timber screens to create a tactile and contemporary intervention. 

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A place, that arises from an elevated plan in relation to the street, and opens itself onto a field, is defined by the large trees that give us visual sensations, experienced as a result of the various colour palettes that each season brings.

A set of volumes draw the house that embodies a recognisable archetype and divides the intimate and social area, separating the bedrooms from the kitchen and living rooms.

These volumes are organised in different orientations in search of the best relationship between them, and each other with the outside.

The contrast between the raw concrete facades and the interior of the house creates an intimate tactile sensation, experienced through the patios, the skylights and the stairs.

The social area extends to the outside and to the upper floor, creating a variety of living spaces and proximity to the householders.

The intimate area, on the other hand, confines a covered outdoor space providing privacy and allowing, simultaneously, natural light to flood the interior.

In order to intensify the relationship with nature, the house evokes the simplicity and sobriety that characterises the surroundings.

Facts & Credits
Project Name HOUSE CG
Location Arrifana, Santa Maria da Feira; Portugal 
Status  Built
Conclusion Year  2010
Build Area  420 m2
Architect Pedro Henrique
Interior Designer  Ana Guedes
Collaborator Mário Alves
Photography  Ivo Tavares Studio