In a bid to cut down on construction waste, Lisbon architecture office Paratelier cleverly recycled the wooden formwork used for casting concrete into panelling for the interior flooring, ceilings, and walls of the Zé House in Palmela, Portugal. Oriented towards a prominent Medieval Castle, the monolithic concrete house mimics both the simple geometry of the fortress as well as the rooflines of the surrounding buildings.
To match the color scheme of Palmela’s urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the grain of the pine formwork used in the casting process. The wooden formwork was then cleaned and planed for reuse on the interior floors, walls, and furnishing; 93-percent of the wooden panels were recycled in the house construction.
Like its simple and restrained facade, the interior of the three-story house exudes a minimalist aesthetic. Strategically placed windows and skylight maximize natural daylight and ventilation. The private living quarters are housed on the second floor, while the top floor is reserved for social functions and opens up to an outdoor patio for entertaining.
Images via Paratelier, © Leonardo Finotti