Residential ArchitectureHousesPortuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Project: Portuguese Minimalist House
Architects: Vitor Vilhena Arquitectura
Team: Vítor Vilhena, Fábio Plácido Guimarães, Nuno Gonçalves, João Simões
Location: São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal
Area: 3229.17 ft2
Project Year 2018
Photographer: Fernando Guerra | FG SG

Algarve, in the South of Portugal does not only live by the sea. Proof of this is the village of São Bartolomeu de Messines, municipality of Silves – located in the interior of the Algarve, far from the mass tourism that occupies the whole coast, and privileged by the mountains that surround the whole region.

The history of São Bartolomeu de Messines refers to 1180, originally populated by Arabs, when D. Sancho I conquered Silves. It is in this remote village that our project is located. Surrounded by valleys, mountains and two reservoirs, the dam of Funcho and the dam of Arade.

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

The “House of Messines” is a Portuguese minimalist house, based on an existing building, already in ruins, but with a fantastic orientation East-West, and with a rhythm of openings for light source already very inviting. The fact that there was a built structure was the only reason we were able to emerge such a work in this picturesque place.

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Due to the diverse bureaucratic restrictions of implantation, it was mandatory to “overlay” the project to the existing ruin, extending its body in the longitudinal axis towards South.

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Privileging the views and natural light, the rhythm of windows were recreated in the East facade, opening completely and leaving a hovering corner when the volume folds to north.

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

The interior of the house is a large space that prioritizes fluidity and communication in the social area (living room, dining room and kitchen), but closes and limits its access in the private area where the bedrooms are located as well as the service entrance.

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

As a form of respect for the surroundings and not to obstruct more than necessary, we chose to locate the pool on the rooftop, in a volume which doesn’t touch the ground, and is completely suspended in the air. This decision guarantees a total access to the rooftop as a second social area of ​​the house, privileging the magnificent 360º views, even being inside the pool.

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

Portuguese Minimalist House Built on the Ruins of an Old Building

House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

Louis-Hemon House / la SHED Architecture

The Louis-Hémon house offers a generous, luminous and conscious architecture which is distinguished by the organization of the living rooms in landings.

Bourdages-Cloutier Apartment in Montreal by ADHOC Architects

The Bourdages-Cloutier apartment is a residential renovation project where the concept of design has developed around the duality between the stage and the backstage. Starting from this analogy took shape this apartment on the rue Masson, in Montreal.

Bo Growth Workplace by DG Arquitecto Valencia

The design, by DG Estudio, is an office conversion for a boutique organization specializing in consulting and career placement. The challenge was to take the existing space—a dark and highly compartmentalized office—and transform it into a modern workplace.

Hidden House / Ogrydziak & Prillinger Architects

This house for an entrepreneur and an artist began with a negotiation. Impacted by powerful neighborhood groups that restricted its envelope and appearance, the Hidden house wears a mask to hide the architectural freedoms within.

Related Articles