House between mountains and sea by Alfredo Resende Arquitectos

This small but very interesting and unusual residence is located in Viana de Castelo, Portugal. It was designed and built by Alfredo Resende Arquitectos and João Resende, José Oliveira. It was completed in 2007 and it sits on 245 sq meters. The house is very conveniently located in an area between mountains and sea that allows incredible views and amazing landscape.

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

The panoramic views were definitely a very important factor when the owners bought this piece of land. The little area situated on top of the mountain, protected from north winds and with such beautiful landscape looked like it was almost begging for a house. The residence sits on a platform created by the existing stone walls that define the land. The stone walls were very beautiful and worth to be preserved. However, some of them were almost ruins so they had to be rebuilt.

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

Afife House by Alfredo Resende ArquitectosView in gallery

The house has a very simple and geometrical design and it seems to be part of the landscape. It has large windows and a balcony, strategically chosen to offer the owners to opportunity to admire the incredible surroundings. There’s also a pool that is connected to a garden. The whole structure seems so historically beautiful. It’s part of the landscape and that area wouldn’t be the same without it. It’s like the house chose its own land.{found on archdaily}