By Magaly • Apr 2, 2018
Brunhais House is a private residence designed by, a Portuguese architectural firm with offices in Guimarães, Portugal and Naples, Italy. It is located in Póvoa de Lanhoso, a parish of Brunhais, a small village surrounded by mountains and characterized by good weather and clear blue skies, itself located in the north of Portugal. The project was begun in 2011 and completed in 2016.
The house is part of a set of three different projects belonging to three brothers. The intention was to create a structure that could host a couple and support the activity of the family business. The adaptation of the building to the slightly uneven terrain allows for two volumes to overlap, thus allowing the demarcation of these two separate functions. The white structure holds the living quarters, while the gray one is made of a natural stone, and denotes a more functional purpose.
The interior of the buildings is stark white, which creates a strong contrast against the clear blue skies, as well as reflect the light of the strongly shining sun, easing the illumination of the entire structure. Clear glass walls allow this same light to flow into the interior, rendering artificial light virtually unnecessary.
By Magaly • Mar 29, 2018
This wonderful design fuses the desires of both parties: discrepant desires that obviously, at some point, crossed and managed to reach the perfect balance to please and meet the needs and expectations of both. This challenging task was under the direction of the architectural firm , in 2016, who managed to create an environment full of warmth. Modern, and at the same time traditional, it is exposed to the open air and full of life in a space of 3263 square feet.
Two outdoor gardens were carved from the building’s mass, each programmed for individual activities and needs, such as eating, relaxing and dining, and responding to the path of the sun. A private patio near the street takes advantage of the morning sun and a grassy lawn for the owner’s dogs, while a more public patio in the back encompasses the afternoon sun and proximity to a covered patio for dining outdoors. This subsequent public space is shared between the upper and lower units and allows physical and visual interaction between landlords and their tenants.