Situated on a sloped piece of land just a few kilometers away from the center of Braga, in Portugal, this is a very special house. It was designed and built here by the studio AZO. Sequeira Arquitectos Associados and the project was completed in 2018.
The design of the house is closely linked to the unique particularities of the site. To be more exact, the architects aimed to integrate the house into the landscape and the way to do that was to place it on the middle level of the site. This made it possible for top section of the land to seamlessly come down and to transition into a green roof, looking as if the land gradually transforms into the house itself. At the same time the house gets to expand down the slope and to take advantage of the panoramic views over the valley and the whole surrounding area.
Special consideration was also given to the degree of solar exposure when designing the house and choosing the best orientation for it. Of course, the views played an important role as well, being a major component in both the exterior and interior design of this place. As far as the palette of materials, finishes and colors are concerned, this project focuses a lot on the natural and organic aspects of the design. As such, it was important for the house to have a modern design and to look like a solid structure with a clean geometry but it was also necessary for it to be seamlessly integrated into the landscape which is where elements such as the green roof come into play. For the interior, a combination of concrete, wood and stone gives the spaces the modern vibe that was desired plus they blend in with each other in a seamless and organic manner.