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single-family house . maia

brandão costa . single-family house . maia afasia andré cepeda (1)

nuno brandão costa . photos: © andré cepeda

The transformation of a single-family house built on a plot in the centre of the city of Maia was carried out with consideration to its previous condition as a conceptual motif: an ordinary house, with no qualities of note, detached from the city, spatially uninteresting or even, one might say, confused and anachronistic.The project focuses on the presumption of this characterless normality: it maintains the anonymity of its language, the indifference of its volumetrics, but it takes the property into the urban context and reconfigures its domestic space. Continue reading brandão costa

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“mental” house and factory . carregosa

brandão costa . mental house and factory . carregosa afasia (4)

brandão costa arquitectos . photos: © arménio teixeira  -model- . © andré cepeda -building –

The programme required the combining of two distinct and antagonistic functions (workshop and house) in a single construction, demanding their absolute autonomy, isolation and the absence of any visual relationship.
The natural slope of the ground and its orientation in relation to the sun were the key to this difficult equation. Two parallelepiped pavilions, arranged perpendicular to each other, create an L-shaped volume fragmented at the different levels of the existing topography. Continue reading brandão costa 

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São João de Deus (phase 1) . porto

brandão costa . São João de Deus (phase 1) . porto afasia (1)

brandão costa arquitectos . photos: © arménio teixeira  -model- . © andré cepeda -building –

The construction of the new buildings completes the establishment of the complex that was never finished to the south and allows for an increased number of available houses, keeping the scale of the earlier architectural context.

The new two stores blocks apartments are designed to enclosure singles houses (one on top of the other) with direct and independent entry. The volumes seat in their gardens in the back entrance door façade and expose their windows to the street. Continue reading brandão costa 

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House in Santo Tirso 2

brandão costa . House in Santo Tirso 2 . porto afasia (1)

brandão costa arquitectos . photos: © arménio teixeira  -model- . © andré cepeda -building-

The house is spread over a generous plot, deeply set within the city’s road structure, at a lower level than the streets and surroundings. It extends spatially in a deliberately geometric composition, with lines perpendicular to the line of the boundary walls. This layout results in a triangular space with an accelerated perspective, over which the domestic areas are arranged, adapted in dimension and functional sequence to the main figure, with circulation to the north and functions to the south, protected by the overhanging projection of the roof. The roof of this space symmetrically inverts its geometry. An inverted pitched roof entirely covers the interior space, and at the edges two triangular verandas extend the living space to the outside area. The house recalls a tent, the ridge of which crosses the space diagonally, creating an organic tension, emphasised by the dense weight of the exposed concrete innards that extend gravitationally over the fluid and continuous floor of the interior partitioning. Continue reading brandão costa