This horizontally-formed house by braga-based studio carvalho araújo is located within Portugal’s only national park. located on a steep slope in the caniçada valley, ‘gerês house’ replaces the site’s previous structure, which was demolished due to landslide risk. The new construction takes advantage of its hillside setting, with access provided from the upper level. From here, inhabitants are offered sweeping views across the picturesque landscape, characterized by the winding route of a passing stream that culminates in a small pool bordered by an area of decking.
This house in Portugal appears as two interlocking blocks — an elevated wooden volume sitting atop its sturdy concrete base. The use of these two materials continues inside the property. Rather than designing a conventional internal program, the architects sought to include large, functional, and multipurpose spaces — allowing occupants to combine programs related to both pleasure and work.
The dwelling’s primary social area is a centrally positioned living room that extends to the outside via a large terrace. The kitchen and services are arranged on the same floor as the living room, with more intimate spaces found at the upper story.