Located in Penafiel, Portugal, House of 4 Houses was envisioned by PROD for a small family. Each of the 4 persons living here is represented by an individual volume. According to the architects, “3 of the volumes are orthogonally organized around a core, whilst a 4th rotates to match the direction of an existing neighboring building. The modest dimensions of the existing building determined the scale of the house while the vernacular identity influenced its layout.” The spaces between buildings are each covered by a flat transparent roof, which floods the dwellings in natural light.
The units are comprised of 3 levels: “On the basement there is a garage, wine storage and laundry room. On the main floor the bedrooms are located on the east side, while the kitchen, dining room and living room are placed on the west, close to a terrace with privileged view to a valey. Over the living room there is a mezzanine with a small office.” The materials employed for the design (zinc, local granite and patinated pine boards) offer a texture diversity which makes the project stand out. [Photography courtesy of Joao Morgado]
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