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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

João’s House in Porto, Portugal by Guilherme Machado Vaz

 
August 17th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Guilherme Machado Vaz

João’s House is a renovation project for a small house located in the old part of the city of Porto, close to the Douro River.

It is a traditional XIX century ground floor building with walls made with stone, and a wooden roof structure covered with tiles.

It was once used as a bakery that served the local population who were mostly fishermen.

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

  • Architects: Guilherme Machado Vaz
  • Project: João’s House
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: Luís Ferreira Alves
  • Area: 179m2
  • Completion year: 2017

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

The project transforms the bakery into a two floor house distributing the social spaces on the groundfloor and the private spaces on the upperfloor. There is a mid level between the two floors to open a small pátio that brings light to the client’s musical studio.

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

The social space on the ground floor – living room and kitchen – is fisically divided, and visually United, by a piece of furniture that works simultaneously as a Bookshelf and a cupboard, as it can be accessed through it’s glass sliding frames from both sides. So you can have books in one shelf and ktichen stuff in another. It also filters light in a very subtle way.

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

The kitchen is a very extroverted space, and it can extend outdoors to the street, letting you enjoy the neighbourhood spirit and popular life with a glaass of wine in hand while dinner is being cooked.

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

The living room is a more introverted space iluminated by the skylight that gives very different kinds of white due to the reflection of natural light in the various wall textures.

The upperfloor has two unleveled rooms that share one bathroom with two separate entrance doors.

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

There is also a very nice and quiet varanda that the sun likes to visit. It opens to the neighbours backyards and takes you to a very confortable place. A place about identity, culture and the history of Porto.

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Luís Ferreira Alves

Image Courtesy © Guilherme Machado Vaz

Image Courtesy © Guilherme Machado Vaz

Image Courtesy © Guilherme Machado Vaz

Image Courtesy © Guilherme Machado Vaz

Image Courtesy © Guilherme Machado Vaz

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