In the historic town of Sintra, Portugal, the ruins of a centuries old stone house remained untouched on a development lot. But rather than tearing it down to pile of rubble, Organica Architects built a new structure, Casa Cabrela, around the ruins. The new home merges the beauty of modernity with history, all in one stunning structure.
The original ruins, complete with stone doorway and windows, were preserved and repurposed. Since the ruins were lacking a roof, Organica was inspired to use the space as an enclosed outdoor area. Protective security grates were placed over the open windows, and a swinging gate for the door was added to create an elegant and historic stone entranceway with a rustic open air foyer area.
The architects designed the façade to have floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interior with light. The windows not only give the residents a view of the beautiful ruins, but they also reflect them on the exterior.
The two level home extends around the ruins, with a garage flanked to the right. The main floor of the home houses an open living room, kitchen and small studio area that overlooks the ruins. The second floor is more private, housing two bedrooms. The master bedroom, located at the front of the home, makes use of the glass façade, facing the top of the beautiful ruins, and extending above to catch a glimpse of the surrounding landscape.
Casa Cabrela fuses the new with the old, creating a modern residence with vantage points to admire the history of Sintra’s ruins.
Via Arch Daily
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