Architects Filipe Pina and Ines Costa combine rural and urban lifestyles in House JA in the North central Portuguese city of Guarda.
“The lot is surrounded by different types of constructions, consequence of the informal settlements, characteristics of most Portuguese cities neighbourhoods.” say the architects.
Stone ruins, the vestiges of a traditional house and the lot’s configuration were the primary considerations for the new project. The program requirements, a family house, led to an almost total land occupation.
“The first principle was to separate the new and the old construction, even if they are connected inside. A stone volume represents the existing building; a concrete volume the new one.”
“The second principle was to introduce light in the middle of the house. Two different empty spaces were generated: the entrance, and the heart of the house – the courtyard.”
“The courtyard and the stairs are the center of the house and its living. These are the key elements for the spatial relationships between the different parts of the house, the interior and the exterior.”
“The program was divided in two levels: the living room, the kitchen and the garage were positioned on the ground floor; the bedrooms and the library at the first floor. The suite was placed in a privileged point – the memory of the old house.”
“The scale and the site identity were always present on the construction details and material choices: stone, concrete, steel and oak wood. Inside the white and the wood comfort. Outside a granitic and a new concrete mass were sculpted on the same way.”
Architects: Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa
Location: Guarda, Portugal
Area: 260 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography