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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.

Doze Casas in Braga, Portugal by murmuro

 
June 14th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: murmuro

The project is located in Gualtar, a peripheral area of the city of Braga, north of Portugal, that is under a process of transformation of a rural to a periurban context, with  no relevant urban references.

Southern facade, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

  • Architects: murmuro
  • Project: Doze Casas
  • Location: Braga, Portugal
  • Photography: Pedro Nuno Pacheco
  • Client: Flexible Loop S.A.
  • Size: 3200 m2
  • Year: 2009 – 2015

Northern facade, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

At first the developer intended at building nine individual houses of considerable large dimensions. However, the 2008 real state crisis arised some apprehension about the success of the investment and we were called in to rethink the project and come up with a new strategy.

Northern facade, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

West Facade, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

From this circumstances we envisioned the transformation of the nine large dwellings into twelve smaller scale houses, more affordable and, therefore, accessible to younger clients.

Southern facade close-up, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Entrance Patio, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

That decision implied radical design changes – we had to bury the parking floor and create a single car access in the bellow level connecting all the individual garages. On one side of the plot, one finds the access ramp, on the opposite side, a vertical access core to fulfill the required legal safety legislation, solving both the emergency exit and the universal access to the building. This solution allowed us to free up the ground level and therefore make the best use of the space as usable area for each house.

Interior view – Kitchen, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Interior view – Second floor stairwell, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Parallel walls run across the length of the plot dividing and defining each house as well as supporting the upper floor single monolithic volume. Facing the street, another wall of the same height, continuously, punctured by the individual entrances, defines a private courtyard for each house that together with the south garden, makes them completely open to the outside at the ground floor level.

Interior view – Second floor patio, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Interior view – Second floor patio bedroom, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

The first floor encloses the more private areas of the house, three bedrooms – as required by the developer -, and another courtyard that allows the southern and western light to flow throughout the open stairway acting also as a ventilation system during summer time. This outter space is essential for the optimization of the climatic behaviour of the house.

Interior view – Continuity of the points of view, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Interior view – Bedroom, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

At the ground-floor, one finds the social program of the house; the entrance, kitchen, dining area, living room, and access to the lower floor with a two car individual garage and laundry space. Both kitchen and living room, located at opposite sides of the house, open up completelly to the exterior; at the northern side the kithchen opens to the entrance patio and at the southern side, the living room extends to the garden that widens up the view and frames the farming fields and hillside, the most interesting sight from the plot.

Interior view – Continuity of the points of view, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Basement Floor – Access to Individual dwelling garages, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Aerial view – 8 months after conclusion, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Aerial view close-up – 8 months after conclusion, Image Courtesy © Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Basement_Floor, Image Courtesy © murmuro

Ground_Floor, Image Courtesy © murmuro

First_Floor, Image Courtesy © murmuro

Top_Floor, Image Courtesy © murmuro

Sections, Image Courtesy © murmuro

Axonometry, Image Courtesy © murmuro

Unit, Image Courtesy © murmuro

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Categories: Building, Garden, House, Parking, Residential

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