The house, located on the north slope of Serra de Sintra, was built on terraces and through successive additions over time. All the houses in the village were built in the same way creating a body with a unique identity and character by the name of Eugaria.
The house is the main core of a farm that comprises a garden made of terraces, paths, plantations, courtyards and terraces, with water mines and which continuous in the forest that extends over the hillside.
In the eighties of the twentieth century, the house was completely refurbished having been kept only its exterior walls. The interior has been rebuilt with concrete slabs and brick masonry walls that have disparaged the original construction and fundamentally did not address basic comfort issues such as poor thermal insulation and excessive humidity.
One of the most striking qualities of the house and the farm of the eighties is its exoticism. This exoticism is conferred by the diversity of different species in the garden and by the building elements brought from Quinta da Regaleira and incorporated into the house during the works, such as wooden doors, metal window frames and handrails.
The new intervention sought to maintain these distinctive qualities of the house. Its entire interior has been rebuilt, proposing new relationships between floors, opening the space, increasing the room’s head height and introducing radiant floors for comfort.
We sought to reinforce diversity and exoticism by understanding them as an inherent feature of the ensemble and as a quality.
All the constructive elements from Quinta da Regaleira were replaced creating situations that although new, always seemed that they belonged there.
LOCATION COLARES, SINTRA, PORTUGAL
GROOS FLOOR AREA 450M2
ARCHITECTURE JOSÉ ADRIÃO – PRINCIPAL
RICARDO ABOIM INGLEZ – PROJECT MANAGER
ANA GRÁCIO, ANA ISABEL SANTOS, GARREN BOGHOSIAN, MARGARDA PEREIRA, RUBEN FIGUEIREDO, TOMÁS FORJAZ, TIAGO MOTA
PHOTOGRAPHY NUNO ALMENDRA
STRUCTURE ENGINNER ARA – ALVES RODRIGUES E ASSOCIADOS
SERVICES ENGINNER 2H – ESTUDOS E PROJETOS
MAIN CONTRACTOR 686 CONSTRUÇÕES
FURNITURE BARROS & BERNARD