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The site, abandoned long ago, is crossed by a ridge line that divides a smooth slope, facing northwest, and another with more pronounced drop, facing west, bordering a wide valley.

The small house, designed as a shelter for two people who will re-cultivate the land, is located on a lower elevation on the sight-facing slope, near a large pine tree and semi-recessed into the ground. For anyone approaching the house, it is only noticeable by its roof - a 12.00x12.00m square carpet, planted with lavender, hovering slightly above the ground. Under this roof, the house opens to the valley, organized around a small nucleus that contains the bathroom, the kitchen and a closet.


Design Team:

Architecture: José Neves

Collaborators: Rui Sousa Pinto, André Matos, Vitor Quaresma, Fernando Freire

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