Project: House in Santo Tirso
Architecture Office: Liliana Maciel Architecture
Main Architect: Liliana Maciel , in collaboration with Rui Vasco Saldanha and Margarida Padrao
Location: Santo Tirso, Porto, Portugal
Total area: 503,12 m2
Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio
The house appears on Santo Tirso’s outskirts, in a clear transition to the more rural surroundings of the city, although flanked by the busy National Route 105, which connects Porto to Guimarães.
Appearing to have more than a century of existence and successive constructive evolutions, the house was in a high degree of degradation, not only due to the burden of age, but also to the fact of being uninhabited for more than 30 years. Still, its potential, grandeur and beauty are undeniable.
Benefited from an excellent sun exposure, a generous plot of land and the fresh running water, even on the hottest days, the property brought together a series of characteristics that fascinated its owners and, later, us.
The desire to rehabilitate, to preserve memory and identity were decisive pillars for a project that combined the contemporaneity of solutions in the search for a spatiality of thermal, acoustic and, of course, aesthetic comfort, in a dance of respect and synchronization of times and ages.
The most iconic materiality of the hydraulic mosaic, or the oldest one of stone and wood, was preserved and thought about, since the execution of the most discreet details, to the reading of a whole, by associating materials of use and more contemporary language, with tones, combinations and compositions that result in this perfectly integrated set in the landscape. House in Santo Tirso is a green house now.