The Portoguese Arcquitectos Anonimos (anonym architects) – they primarly chose this name as an over reaction against exaggerated authorship weight in Portoguese contemporary architecture – created this private villa in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal. Remarkable is the contrast between the quiet shielded black façade and the bright and open interior of the building.
Here is what the architects say:
Two criterea lead to the final solution: 1st, geometric: using the urban plan rules to stablish the perimeter and roof level; 2nd, manipulate the interior space in relation with the neighbour buildings and the terrace that allows a view of the sea. Our goal was maximize the exterior space, building a compact volume in 3 floor plans. The interior organization is generated around a central comunication corridor, to liberate space to the compartments. The dark phenolic plywood of the facade served as a ‘spacesuite’ that protects against the ‘radiation’ of reality, its context and its territory.