House Of Four Houses By PROD

Architecture and design firm PROD have compelted a holiday house for a family of four in Penafiel, Portugal.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

The architect’s description

It’s shape is defined by the same number of individual volumes. They have similar dimensions but distinct orientations.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

Three of the volumes are orthogonally organized around a core, whilst a fourth rotates to match the direction of an existing neighbouring building. The proximity between the two constructions led to a desired dialogue.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

The modest dimensions of the existing building determined the scale of the house while the vernacular identity influenced its layout. Each volume has a two slope roof. Besides emphasizing its individuality it enabled to increase the plasticity of the composition.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

The volumes are separated but disposed at a critical distance. It creates an interstitial space covered by a flat transparent roof and full size windows.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

It is a special space with a hybrid character. The considerable dematerialization of its limits leads to be felt as both internal and external. This solution meets the clients requirement to design a house with strong links with the surroundings. When moving from one room to another it allows to comfortably “walk through the leaves”.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

The house is organized in three floors. On the basement there is a garage, wine storage and laundry room.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

On the main floor the bedrooms are located on the east side, while the kitchen, dining room and living room are placed on the west, close to a terrace with privileged view to a valley. Over the living room there is a mezzanine with a small office.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

The global coherence of the house highly depended on the material choice. The combination of local granite for the embasement, patinated pine boards on the walls and zinc on the roof granted a rich silver homogenity combining different tones and textures.

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

House Of Four Houses By PROD

Architects: PROD architecture & design
Architects in Charge: Paulo Carvalho, Susana Correia
Design Team: Paulo Carvalho, Susana Correia, Fernando Paiva and Paulo Borlido
Engineering: SprenPlan

Photography: João Morgado

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