This single family home on a little hill near Oliveira city, Portugal was realised by the Porto based practice Nuno Brandão Costa Arquitecto. The building is composed of two stacked cubic volumes which form the first and second storey and a basement hidden under the slope to open itself over Oliveira city.
Here is what the architect explains:
“The client wanted to a house that would fulfil an old dream: to be in the living-room and watch the sea.
The land was high but not enough to get a glimpse of the water down there in the West.
Thus, the house kept rising volume after volume until it reached the living-room, opened and looking at the sea.”
“The windows, many and large, are opened to every direction so that the house faces everywhere.
Upstairs the framework cuts out the westward landscape inside the living-room almost as a canvas painted only for this house, a dream once again drawn: “Ça c`est pour moi, le plus beau et le plus triste paysage du monde. C´est le même paysage de la page précédente, mais je lái dessiné une fois encore pour bien vous le montrer. C´est ici que le petit prince a apparu sur terre, puis disparu.”