Architect Ernesto Pereira of 3R Architecture was tasked with transforming a bland and "soulless" home into a work of art - and the result is the SilverWoodHouse, a stunning residence that marries the indoors with the surrounding environment. Pereira brought the look and feel of the local sand dunes and beach to the residence using untreated wood and earthy, neutral colors.
With no budget and no time limit, Ernesto Pereira wanted to create something that was truly a work of art for his clients Marisa and Rui. The clients wanted more than just a shelter – they wanted a home that felt good to be in and that was beautiful to look at. To that end, Pereira turned the home, which was a common, popular home model in the area, into something unique that catered to the tastes and routines of the clients.
Pereira brought the beach to the home using color and texture so that the inhabitants could feel as though they truly were a part of the local environment. Slatted pieces of untreated wood cover the exterior of the home, and the slatted pattern is mimicked by the grain of the wood used throughout the interior.
Pereira was involved in every step of the design process, getting to know his clients and living in the guest house during the process. He was involved throughout, assisting in carpentry and, of course, the design of the structure. “It all started when I found myself without a clear career path after having executed a project for relatives which left me dissatisfied due to the inability to participate in the process from beginning to end,” he said.
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