Portuguese architecture firm Ricardo Silva Carvalho Arquitectos has unveiled a beautifully minimalistic and sophisticated private residence located on the country's west coast. Although at first glance its presence may seem simplistic, the Pó House is an architectural study in clean geometric lines that lead into open and unexpected spaces. And a host of unique interventions ensure there is never a shortage of natural light.
The low, rectangular design stems from the architect’s desire to take maximum advantage of the solar exposure, while simultaneously minimizing impact on the surrounding environment. The architects took great care to position the home away from its extended boundaries in order to limit the disruption to nearby homes in order to create a positive “urban morphology” in the area. Additionally, the extended rectangular structure allowed the architects to play with various geometric designs such as the light-providing circular cutouts located throughout the property.
The combination of this geometric complexity and distinct spatial volumes continues into the interior of the Pó House. The interior and exterior spaces are seamlessly blended thanks to the primarily glass facade and the unique elliptical skylight on the exterior patio space. On the inside, the minimalist kitchen and living space are flanked by large glass floor-to-ceiling windows that illuminate the uncluttered space. And large oval cutouts found on the exterior as well as the interior allow for an optimal amount of natural light throughout, providing residents with a soothing, healthy ambience.
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