The Dovecote – Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (1)

The Dovecote is an old building transformed and renovated by AZO – Sequeira Arquitectos Associados in Soutelo, Portugal.

Description by AZO: This is an emotional design. Our client asked us to reform an old dovecote in the backyard of his home. We decided to propose a play house for the children and a balneary to serve the pool on the ground floor. The whole family loved the idea.

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (14)

We wanted a play room inspired by magic, fantasy and also by the childhood dreams and memories… We decided to transform the old dovecote in a minimal concrete “tree house” that represents these memories and fantasies of pure and peaceful way.

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (15)

We look for a way that seemed the main volume is levitating as a tree house but simultaneously it had to be balanced and pure. The idea was that the interior was absent of superfluous elements and were gradually decorated by the works and toys of these children as a reflection of consumer society we are experiencing.

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (4)

Some elements remained of the original building as the triangular window through which entered doves.

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (11)

Inspired by childhood dreams, we want to highlight with this small building the peace, the balance and the simplicity that are so needed in a particularly agitated and violent period that we are living.

Architects: AZO – Sequeira Arquitectos Associados
Project: The Dovecote
Author: Mário Sequeira
Team: Pedro Soares, Fátima Barroso, Jorge Vilela, João Alves
Location: Soutelo, Portugal
Area 54.0 m2
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (6)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (3)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (13)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (2)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (8)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (9)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (10)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (18)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (7)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (17)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (12)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (16)

The Dovecote - Conversion of an Old Dovecote into a Play House (5)

Thank you for reading this article!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Balmain Rock House in Sydney / Benn & Penna Architects

We initially saw Balmain Rock House as a restoration and extension project, however through a collaborative process of discovery with the client, the existing cottage was not only restored, but its resonating bones became the inspiration for its addition.

Georgia Street Residence by Christian Rice Architects

Designed by Christian Rice Architects, the Georgia Street Residence is located just east of the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego, California. The project involved the...

El Teatro Residence in Barcelona / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

El Teatro Residence tries to respect to the maximum the original condition of the existing warehouse. Its structure is not modified, only reinforced. Its walls are not demolished just restored and the few new architectural elements ...

Sacha Apartment in Paris / SABO Project

The apartment for a young Parisian family results from the combination of two identical overlapping apartments with double exposure. Bedrooms are gathered on the lower floor and protected from neighboring noise while the social upper floor .,..