Ponte de Lima | Portugal


With 7 rooms and 3 apartments, the proposal is aimed at families but also at friends and couples who want an escape to the simplicity of the countryside, in an environment where beauty and luxury are in its landscape.

There are four buildings on the site that remain linked to a past of agricultural exploitation, two of which are granaries that traditionally served to store the product of the harvest.
The four buildings are clear examples of Popular Minhota architecture, built with stone from the area, being a mixture of schist and granite. This characteristic makes this typology of buildings unique, as it forms part of the group of buildings that still persists and that represent the agricultural past of the area.

Conceptually, the proposal has as its main objective the conservation of this legacy, proposing a balanced intervention between conservation and construction that maximizes the conservation of the exterior characteristics of each building.

The construction is mainly aimed at interiors, reformulating its organization to take greater advantage of the space and allow for the absorption of the new program. The division is always carried out in accordance with the existing accesses and spans so as not to alter the popular architecture of the region.
This care in conserving the elevations is mainly focused on the two houses. The granaries, which have uncharacterized constructions, undergo greater exterior intervention with the remodeling of the elevations with new materials and the conservation of the existing stone walls.
In terms of outer space, it shows the signs of years of abandonment of agricultural production. The proposal intends to reuse these spaces as a catalytic element that can enrich interior spaces as well as create a connection between them.

The conservation of these spaces is punctual, through landscaping interventions on the floors - between gardens and patios - that create routes that promote fluidity between the different spaces and integration with the building.

Recreation and leisure spaces are proposed adjacent to each building, as well as spaces for common use, taking advantage of the panoramic view over the Serra de Arga.

The proposal in general intends to succeed for the simplicity of the interior and exterior spaces and for the richness of the heritage of the rural past. It is intended to establish a connection axis between the proposal and the user through the new experiences that the place can provide - the smell of the countryside, the flowers in the gardens, the jumping on the stones of the paths, between picnics and walks, the siesta under the old cork oak, children playing by the pool - a new narrative that aims to recreate the landscape.