Portugal. A story on simplicity in stone, wood and concrete

Pedro Henrique builds the recovery and the extension of a single-family house in Santa Maria da Feira, in a rural context.

 Pedro Henrique Arquiteto, Casa Santa Maria, Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, 2018

In the countryside close to Santa Maria da Feira, in the Aveiro region, a simple and refined intervention by Pedro Henrique Arquiteto bonds the existing stone body of a house to its extension in wood and concrete.  The plot is surrounded by existing and newly built walls; on the west elevation, the entrance to the building is a bridge giving access to the concrete volume.

This story of simplicity involves a continuous dialogues between the three materials chosen for the intervention. Three distinct volumes end up facing each other in a void space parallel to the street and on a lower level. The wooden structure facing the garden – which limits are defined by a stream of water – occupies the eastern side of the plot and connects the concrete volume to the existing house. The single-family house is developed on two levels, where the upper floor contains the private areas while the lower one is dedicated to the activities of the family that inhabits the building.

Casa Santa Maria
Santa Maria da Feira
Pedro Henrique Arquiteto
Engineering for wood and concrete structures:
Célia Resende

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