APR Housing (Concept)

Second Award – Mindelo House by Raulino Silva Architect

Global Future Design Awards 2019
Second Award
Category: Housing (Concept)
Firm: Raulino Silva Architect
Architect: Raulino Silva
Team: Raulino Silva, Cátia Sampaio, João Mendes, Daniela Amorim, Hélder Silva
Country: Portugal

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Mindelo House is the result of the rehabilitation and extension of an existing single floor house, built in the 60’s with very interesting architectural features, located very close to the Mindelo’s Beach in a small town nearby the city of Porto, Portugal. 

With very similar family houses in the neighborhood, the exterior design of the existing house is entirely preserved, with its walls covered in shale, the white blades and the dark tile on the roof. On the inside, we reorganized the layout of the house in accordance to the existing windows that we kept in place.

The expansion, necessary to respond to the client’s intentions, is implanted in the North end of the land, also with a single floor.  Its implantation intends to cover up the walls of the neighboring buildings and it´s design has purposefully a distinctive image of the existing building, with flat roof, white walls and white marble trims.

The main entrance is made in the building corresponding to the existing house. From the entrance atrium, we have access to the living and dining room facing west; to the kitchen facing south, with a porch shared with the living room, which has a barbecue and connection to the pool area; a corridor connecting to the new volume, a shared bathroom, a single room and another room, with an ensuite bathroom.

In the volume of the expansion, we arranged the new garage with a storage room facing an outdoor patio, the laundry room and another suite. This suite is settled with a bedroom, a closet and a private bathroom facing the outdoor patio.