Only two incisions were made into the existing volume. A 14-meter long window was cut into the west facade facing the orchard, turning the interior and exterior into a single space. A courtyard was inserted into the corner abutting the adjacent properties, allowing light to enter the darkest areas of the house. The public areas of the house are arranged on the ground floor, occupying the entire footprint. The private areas unfold on the upper level, flanking the facades, generating a sequence of strategically placed voids, which create double and triple height spaces on the ground floor below. The generous scale recalls the building’s former use.
Red House, Vendas de Azeitão, Portugal
Program: single family house
Design team: João Caldeira Ferrão, João Costa Ribeiro, Madalena Atouguia, Daniela Freire, Maria João Oliveira, Sónia Oliveira, Tiago Pinhal, Rita Rodrigues
Landscape: Oficina dos Jardins – Sónia Caldeira, Ines Bordado
Consultants: PRPC Engenheiros lda, Mário Andrade, Gonçalo de Meirelles
Contractor: Sequeira e Serra lda
Area: 360 sqm