House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

Project: House GD
Architects: Esquissos Architecture
Lead Architect: Marco Ligeiro
Design Team: André Caetano, Gabriela Garcia, Luis Pereira
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Year: 2019
Construction Area: 131 m2
Photographs: Ivo Tavares Studio
Text by Marco Ligeiro, Esquissos Architecture

One of the biggest challenges of this project was the small dimensions of the place and the already consolidated surroundings. There so, the relations between scale and proportion were since the beginning a main concern. Using a clean language with contemporary details that result from a reinterpretation of language and traditional materials from the village of Cascais, the building is integrated with the others on the street’s elevation. Therefore, it preserves the local identity and the original lines, respecting the memory of the place.

living room, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

The House GD works in four different levels; three of them are connected by a stair that stands as a sculpture, being a part of the architectural path. This stair starts as a part of the furniture and, as it goes up, it starts to dematerialize, allowing a more permeable relationship between levels in order to have a better use of space and light. The areas are ample, especially on the 1st floor – at street level – where it works as an open-space, leading to the feeling of spacious and benefiting in terms of useful areas. The bedrooms and bathrooms are in the intermediate floors. The third level has a recessed balcony, which gives access to the last level, where we find a terrace, the result of the subtraction of matter.

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

staircase, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

bedroom, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

bedroom, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

bathroom, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

bathroom, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

staircase, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

stair, Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

terrace, Cascais, Portugal, Esquissos Architecture

terrace, Cascais, Portugal, Esquissos Architecture

House GD in Cascais, Portugal by Esquissos Architecture

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