The project is a reconstruction of a building which dates back from the end of the 17th century, in a very degraded situation, for housing purposes. Located in a privileged location in the historic center of the old town of Ponte de Lima and adjacent to a pedestrian avenue flanked by centenary Platanus trees nearby the river, the building was once a lodging part of a monastery complex. After the property been sold, it became the farm caretaker’s house.
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The building is composed by two different characteristic levels: the ground floor was an old corral, and the upper floor a house. The project recovers the original architectural design features and the traditional structural elements, correcting some severe anomalies in the building structure. Through the implementation of three programmatic wooden volumes the interior spaces are defined. Thus, the space adjacent to the windows and openings, original elements chosen to maintain and characteristic of the building, are kept free, exalting the spatial legibility of the buildings and its connection both physical and visual with the surroundings.
These volumes contain the wet areas (bathrooms and laundry) and storage. While in the lower floor the placing of a unique volume allows the creation of two areas (living and eating room) and solves the vertical access, in the upper floor two rooms are defined, as well as a studio in between.
The work is completed with the exterior spaces, creating distinct living spaces: a porch covered area, the pathway leading to the house, the pool area, a contemplative courtyard and an arboreal garden.
Ponte de Lima, Portugal
Paulo Vale Afonso
Built / Site Area:
200 m² / 1213 m²
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