The architectural and urban design project for Rua do Passeio Alegre and Rua das Motas described an alteration to the project by the Architect Nunes da Ponte.
The five duplex units with a garden claim a dialogue with the scale and dominant typologies of Foz Velha. The connection between all buildings is made through the parking lot. The duplex on the roof over Passeio Alegre projects the extension of the external area in the interior facing south with a view over the interior area of the Douro River.
The house is located in a long and narrow plot. There was an existing house that was six meters large and twenty long, the new building had to use the same footprint and expanded to three floors. The south elevation faces the street and the north elevation at the back of the house opens up to the garden.
The living and dining rooms overlook the garden through a large window, so the house can be flooded with natural light all day long. The double-height window faces north with a generous opening.
The variation of the sunlight throughout the year is presented by the constant enlightenment that brings a mystic atmosphere gently entering the domestic space.
“O projeto começou antes da casa e continua depois da construção do edifício, talvez porque, a minha procura em arquitetura siga dos projetos anteriores para os seguintes.”
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