a column sits in the centre of the house.
the house sits in the centre of a world.
The house stands in a corner plot of a small Portuguese village, and is meant to house three generations. Each generation is assigned a bedroom, each bedroom has a different shape. The given shapes are apparently arbitrary yet extremely precise. The living space is the negative of the private areas and presents an unorthodox form. The relation between private and public programs induces an almost obscene domestic environment (in the theatric sense of the word). The house has a square plan and a pyramidal roof; its corners point at the cardinal directions. Along the four equally important elevations, one finds a continuous texture of grey concrete, painted concrete, large square windows, tiny round windows, small dots of marble adorning the pattern of the concrete shuttering. The metal chimney is ending the object, holding it together.
Like most houses, it is made of rooms, windows, door, floors and white walls. A column is added. All the wooden floors are laid in a centrifugal manner from it. Although nearly central, the column is not structurally necessary and, as such, doesn’t touch the ceiling. Incidentally, the column also acts as a punctuating device, marking the separation between different common activities, but also serving as a hint to the physical unity of the house, a concrete square in the middle of the world.
house for three generations
Location: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Design team: Filipe Magalhaaes, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Julia Andreychenko
Project team: Paulo Sousa (engineering), ASV (contractor)
Site area: 800m2
Gross floor area: 175m2
Project estimate: 150.000EUR
Photography: Giulietta Margot, Ivo Tavares, Ricardo Loureiro, fala