When Brandao Costa Architects arrived to this rural site in the Portuguese village of Melgaço, they found an old stone building in ruins. So they renovated it and extended it using locally-sourced materials like wood and stone, to respect its natural integration with the landscape. The new family home retains the building's original character, yet the modern interiors, minimalist décor and iconic furniture pieces create a surprisingly elegant finish.
The respectful renovation is dominated by a stonewall facade that extends the old building’s remains to form new living spaces. It was created from locally sourced materials including granite stones rescued from another local construction that had to be demolished. Today, the home receives plenty of natural light from the east side opening, and overlooks a courtyard complete with a pool.
While its old-time appearance was left intact, its interiors tell a completely different story. In contrast with its rough shell, they feature a sleek, minimalist décor with accent pieces. Classic Eames plywood chairs along animals’ skins brings the white — and otherwise cold spaces — warmth, tactility and a rustic refinement.
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Photos by Brandao Costa Architects