HOUSING IN FULÃO
Melgaço | Portugal
22km from Melgaço, which stands out for its natural beauty and its rural character, which, even today, is strongly linked to the region. The Troncoso river is the region's main resource and makes the nearby land quite fertile, hence the presence of agricultural fields that adorn the valley. Furthermore, the river is the common thread between Portugal and Spain that somehow establishes the cultural connection between the two places.
The area still remains faithful to its traditions, resisted the passage of time and the population, which is decreasing, maintains the millenary activity, confirming the agricultural character of the landscape. Portuguese and Spaniards resist the country's sectoral evolution, both sides of the valley continuing to play an important role in landscape design.
In the midst of this tranquility and tranquility, it is proposed to insert a small house, something simple - a refuge for visitors and tourists. The implementation of the house will take advantage of the landscape and views over the region.
The proposal is designed in 3 phases, in the first phase the entrance to the land is consolidated through the construction of an access ramp and a small parking lot for vehicles, in the second the construction of the path along the land to the river area , and in the third, the implementation of housing.
Fulão is located in the north of Portugal and has been an important area of agricultural tradition in the area for many centuries. Also, due to its proximity to the Spanish border, it becomes an area where the traditions of both countries are mixed, making their separation imperceptible. The valley where the Fulão is inserted is narrow and the mountain landscapes are well defined, being possible to identify three layers: the Troncoso river; the interventions of people on the banks of the river; and the mountains with their landscape
almost intact. The second layer continues its dynamics, although today it is increasingly stagnant due to the abandonment of agricultural fields and few lands continue to be exploited.
In the project, the emptiness of agricultural land has an important value in the heritage of the place. It was considered important to make an intervention that was light in its implementation, so that the project is reduced to a small housing module that rests on the land without interventions in its surroundings. Such premise constitutes the idea of not creating visual and physical limits in the existing landscape.