This project is located on the bank of the Douro River in Portugal, right on Historical Douro, considered ‘intangible cultural heritage’ by UNESCO. It’s a privileged location that allows us to enjoy the unique landscape.
The project consists of a group of three houses and a swimming pool. These villas are reconstructed and are extensions of preexisting buildings located on the site.
The lake house is a reinterpretation of its prior form with a contemporary vision. We closed the house from the street and opened it toward the landscape using a large glazed frame. In the interior, the mezzanine and almost nonexistent walls communicate with the structure and the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The swimming pool and the annexes complement the lake house. In both cases, the interior reflects an exterior volumetric language, due to the sloped roofs and the sloped ceiling.
The colors and material textures are characteristic of this Portuguese region. The yellow granite, black slates, glazed tiles, and the walls covered by white plaster all give the house an organic look.