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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.

Barn House in Monte Real, Portugal by INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

 
November 7th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT 

Recovering a building with 50 years ‐ half housing, half barn.

The aim is to maintain existing memories from a space that, once, was the stage to such varied experiences ‐ rural stories mixed with stories of young people from a controversial time.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

In the presence of such a special place, as the barn, is chosen to protect it and elect it as the protagonist of the new home of a young growing family.

A single new element is inserted in this space, almost like a furniture piece, that idea is accentuated by its own materiality ‐ painted OSB. With a very small budget (the other goal), it is essential to create a compact element, bringing together all the new functions ‐ kitchen, toilets, storage and staircase.

This “furniture” is fundamental in the compartmentalization of the social area of the ground floor, dividing the space between entrance area, living room, dining area and kitchen. The top floor, which served in other times, for drying grain, is overlooking the social area and works as a retreat space and working area.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

The materialization of this piece would have to be made from something that, at the same time, would have a structural role and would help me to communicate easily this idea of furniture.

The choice of using OSB, an ecological and economic material, was quite easy, due to its structural characteristics and its plasticity. I knew, that with this material I could make all the single elements from this model – walls, doors, kitchen and storage cabinets, stairs and even the floor on the top of the model. I used the type 3 of OSB, that can support high levels of humidity ‐ an important detail when you want to use it in humid areas.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

It was importante, for me, to create a visual contrast between the floor (in portuguese pine) and the white walls and roof, but it was also important to assume the texture of the wood. The black color on OSB boards helped me at this point.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

Image Courtesy © INES BRANDAO – ARCHITECT

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