Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Portugal
author NOARQ - José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira program renovation of a contry house in the Portuguese countryside collaborators arch. André De Oliveira, arch. Joana LP, arch. Luís Lima topography António Carlos Saraiva Peixoto structural project eng. Marco Cunha. hydraulic project eng. Marco Cunha. electricity, telecommunications and security eng. Marco Cunha contractors 1st phase - Henrique Cunha, Lda; 2nd phase - Construções Daniel Farinha & Pinheiro Lda; Socarfam; Gramafam; Tudemmad; Climafama; Autpor; Sérgio Magalhães, lda. photography João Morgado intervention área 4.007 m²
The house rises from broad blocks of blue granite into the wilderness, like a fortification, indistinct from the supporting walls at the edge of the street. It backs up the old farmland, now transformed into a garden.
The silhouette embedded in the roadside is opened up by timid windows on the upper floor. By the connection with the street, a sequence of cattle crevices illuminates the current kitchen. The building stretches itself till the blood-coloured gate, pointing to the threshing floor moulded into the granite of the street wall.
Above the entrance, tended towards the east, a wooded room, painted in the colour of the gate, of the eaves and of the window frames, lay suspended.
The building was cleaned up of picturesque motifs, sheds, shutters and loose exoticism. On the inside, we redesigned each and every constructive piece; the stripped reality was reinvented.