The first visits on location were always at the end of the day. The exquisite sunset immediately made us realize that it should influence the entire project.There was a big indecision in the beginning.To maintain all the existent construction, or to start from scratch. The project unfolds in 3 levels. We decided to place the museum in the lowest level, to facilitate public access.All the remaining accesses are north oriented! At mid level, facing south, are the regional kitchen dinning room and the living room, this last one facing west, backing up the pool. At a higher level we've articulated 3 bedrooms, with the master bedroom gazing towards west, to the sunset. Bruna is the couple's daughter....a special child!!!
The St.Tirso House is a rehabilitation of a small house in St.Tirso, Portugal.
from the client:
Sonhamos a nossa casa a preservar restos de um século de história mas com vida exterior de contemporaneidade, cuja entrada seja o seu primeiro ponto de afirmação. Onde a luz natural abunda, o jardim abraça a sala e garante a privacidade.Um edifício onde as crianças possam correr e alimentar a sua imaginação em espaços amplos mas com personalidade vincada.Uma casa onde as paredes se transformam em espaços de arrumação quando tudo faz questão de ser um caos.A mesma casa onde os dias de inverno não custam mais do que um dia de verão a passar. Aquela casa onde a lareira quer todos à sua volta como que para contar uma história e onde o escritório nos dá reserva mergulhados numa estante de livros sem nos privar de ver a cidade. Um conjunto de quartos que estão dispostos a receber quem esteja em espírito de descanso, mas nunca nos obrigam a sair. Um carro de passageiros que entra em casa de forma serena protegida da chuva.Uma casa que fique na memória de quem por ela passa, e que nunca precise de comandar a nossa vontade de regressar todos os dias e todas as noites.
The TAÍDE HOUSE is the rehabilitation of an old country house, with the typical characteristics of popular architecture, which is situated in a small village with the same name located in northern Portugal.
Originally the client had showed the will to make something simple, something "easy" to enjoy. The idea was a simple house in which one could, for example, conceal the kitchen, thus occupying a minimal amount of space. The speech was short, simple, but nevertheless interesting... All of this had to happen...
The proposal should dialog with its surroundings in a friendly way and even if we would assume something new, the concept was not to disrupt completely with past... We felt that we could create something dynamic without hurting the surrounding environment. From this moment forward, the look for stimuli was inevitable. Looking around, to a sometimes marked terrain, we understand that the surroundings work as an amphitheater, in which the gaze of the neighbors, inhabitants of those unique shaped, inclined roof houses, is very proximate. Over there, streets are narrow, backyards are almost public and every word is listened. The scale of the house was a concern.
In early sketches, the roof emerges, and assumes itself as the structuring element for the whole project. It allowed to organize and manage dynamic spaces in a rather simple square plant interior, but also allowed the compartmentalization in the exterior, creating protected areas for leisure and contemplation, and also work areas. It's possible to live this element through the exterior and feel it in the interior, and at the same time to participate in the landscape...
The granite walls and stairs, which involve the ancient grape mill in the ground floor, serve as base for the whole proposal. Everything else is assumed as new and this white object, placed on the ancient granite walls, comes to life and draws itself almost automatically...either it's because it seeks privacy, or just to fulfill the legal boundaries.