Embrancing House Malveira da Serra. Sintra. Portugal Pedro Quintela Architect
Formerly found in ruins, this was a confined and robust rural house in a "U" format that embraced a small land used for agricultural purposes.
The original solid stone walls prevailed but everything else was cleaned up to the smallest detail, as if in an archaeology project.
The architect believes in making his profession as an intimate continuous process where monitoring "in-place" is crucial, so that there is a healthy growth of intervention where harmony reigns in all the details. The recovery was made with the use of local materials, many of which are from the original own home, sometimes even reusing elsewhere rather the original place, as if it was "puzzle". Above all, the purpose is to preserve the identity of the original construction.
As for the patio, due to the confined area between neighbors and the height of the pre-existing wall, the solution to create new spaces and views was through gaps and terraces "games". Embraced by the house itself, also the courtyard earned stunning views across the valley to the Atlantic horizon and a multitude of types of experiences.
In this particular project, it may be said that this once small, confused and very compartmentalized "embracing house" opened his arms to become a fluid, bright and cozy space where everything is sense to be ... where it is!