Building a house on a building plot on a hillside is not only more complex, it also requires the development of individual solutions that are geared towards efficiency. Today we are showing you a completed home renovation project in Portugal. The old dry stone walls made of flat layered rock are cleverly embedded in the architecture and create an interesting contrast to the modern facade cladding. The two-storey house is completely covered with a slate facade, while large glass surfaces open up a view of the surrounding landscape.
House with a slate facade – the project at a glance
The property extends over an area of 1697 m². Of the 1697 m² of land, only 600 m² could be built on, as the rest of the land is part of a nature reserve. The old house, which had a total area of about 300 m², was demolished.
The building plot is located on a steep west-east slope, which is divided into two structures with a total height difference of nine meters. The house is below street level and opens to the beautiful farmland that extends across the street.
The slate facade creates a seamless connection between the individual structures
The building consisted of a house, a threshing floor in the south and a granary. The house was built with thick slate walls, the upper floor and the threshing floor were clad with slate. The architects decided to demolish the upper floor and keep the lower floor and the slates from the threshing floor. In this way, the new house blends in harmoniously with its surroundings.
The house has a floor space of 643.20 m² on three floors.
Floor 0 (level -2, below street level) has been renovated and expanded. It houses the main rooms and a terrace. The new is in harmony with the old.
The 1st floor (the mezzanine) is arranged around the larger terrace and is used for the daily life of the family. In the north, the entrance leads to the covered parking lot and the residents enter the kitchen through a corridor. The rooms have a view of the courtyard to the south.
Floor 2, visible from the street, is used for relaxation. It partially overlaps with the first floor and protrudes over the entrance area and the terrace. It is divided into three bedrooms with their own bathrooms. Because of the flat roof construction, a kind of viewing terrace is created at street level, which is oriented towards the horizon.
Location: Santo Tirso, Portugal
Architect: José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira
Construction area: 643.0 m²
Project year: 2018
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG