Preservation and innovation in a seaside house in Portugal

In the consolidated fabric of the village of Cascais, Esquissos renovates a single-family house reinterpreting the language and materials of the local architecture.

Among the narrow streets of white stone overlooking the colorful and compact fronts of the houses in Cascais, the Portuguese architectural firm Esquissos renovates the interior and facade of a three-storey house.

The balanced and skilful use of stone, coloured plaster, wood and tiles with the introduction of a terrace, redefines the front, while preserving the original design and identity of the place. Inside the house, the same materials and colours cover and furnish the rooms.

The three habitable levels of the house, whose distribution scheme provides for the placement of the rooms on the street front and the staircase, and the services on the back, are connected vertically by a wooden staircase body. Rather than being a containing element of furniture on the ground floor, the staircase dematerialises on the upper floors and becomes lighter thanks to the opening of a skylight that lightens it. 

From the third level, an external staircase of white stone leads to a further terrace in the roof that overlooks the sea and the roofs of Cascais.

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