This gorgeous concrete and timber home is nestled against a steep slope in Caniçada Valley, Portugal with exceptional views of the landscape. Architecture studio Carvalho Araújo adjusted the design of the Gerês House to accentuate the surroundings and take advantage of the irregular streams and a small lake at the lower level of the site. Several other features give it a distinctly serene aesthetic - more details after the jump.
The architects demolished the existing structure which was vulnerable to landslides and relocated the residence to a lower part of the site. Located 20 miles outside Braga, the house functions as a quiet retreat that allows residents to rediscover the beautiful landscapes of the country’s northwestern district. Various pathways, steps and gravel trails create a dynamic exterior dominated by an outdoor swimming pool.
The large living room extends onto a terrace with a hot tub, sheltered by the overhang of the timber-clad upper storey. The wooden mezzanine houses the bedroom and bathroom and receive natural light with several hatches etched into the volume. A second en-suite bedroom is located next to the living room.
Photos by Hugo Carvalho Araújo