White cubes enclose welcoming living spaces

The house designed by Guilherme Machado Vaz on the outside is a mute and compact volume, while wood gives warmth to interiors distributed over five levels.

With a regular volume, the Portuguese architect Guilherme Machado Vaz recalls the essential building tradition of the Minho region in Portugal. 

The facade of Casa in Afife, when completely closed, is completely white and mute, in contrast to the warm and cosy interior spaces. This contrast is visible at the opening of the shutters, which show inside the wood also present in every domestic space.

The interior spaces of the house are defined by the topography of the ground. The floors are adapted to the change in height, allowing the direct relationship between the rooms and the outdoor spaces.

A central staircase optimises the vertical distribution of the five levels, up to the large terrace overlooking the rural landscape.

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