Baldrufa Townhouse

Baldrufa Townhouse

Architect
Tiago do Vale Architects
Location
Ponte de Lima, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Private Houses
João Morgado

Baldruda Townhouse

Tiago do Vale Architects as Architects

This is a pure, enigmatic object, seemingly with no other function beyond the contemplations of its abstract surfaces and the way light evolves over them.

 

Behind these surfaces, though, dissimulated doorways reveal unexpected spaces, new uses, while always suggesting the latent potential of new discoveries.


It’s an enigmatic object that, simultaneously, produces surprise, enriching the day-to-day architectural experience though minimal devices.

 

Pragmatically, the purpose of this interior redesign for a recently built townhouse was to extract the maximum potential from the building characteristics, increasing both its functional capacity and the quality of its use.

 

Originally featuring two bedrooms and a suite, this townhouse has two fronts (facing towards the east and the west) with a narrow and deep plan, turning both façades into valuable real-estate.

 

There were two main intentions for this interior renovation: on one hand to reorganize the layout in a more efficient way making possible a fourth space that could be used as an informal office or as a makeshift bedroom; on the other, to reserve the fronts for the primary spaces (kitchen, living and dining room, bedrooms), repositioning the services in the central area of the plan.

 

This was achieved by optimizing every square meter of surface, minimizing areas lost to circulation or irregular layouts, and adjusting each space to the minimal envelope its use required (allowing to decrease the original footprint of some spaces while increasing those with insufficient proposed areas).

 

Therefore, in order to balance the intensive use of the construction areas, a very minimal approach was devised, insisting in clean white surfaces to maximize both the sense of space and how light travels throughout the house.

 

This townhouse’s plan organization is a pragmatic one, with a systematic approach to how -and with how much intensity- each space is used and lived, and how it interacts with other spaces in the context of the house fluxes, routines and circuits in the day-to-day life.

 

It is, though, a design very much inscribed in the Portuguese architectural culture both in its organization and materials, with oak flooring throughout and Estremoz marble on the wet areas.

 

Even if conformed by the desire to extract the utmost performance from its fixed envelope, obsessive care was put into every detail (with an intense focus on carpentry design), inscribing small moments of surprise and wonder in the architecture, joyfully enriching the experience of the home.

 

The end result constitutes a soothingly serene architectural experience that maximizes the building’s potential.

Read story in EspañolItalianoPortuguês and Français

Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Kitchen and Laundry sinksFranke Home Solutions
Natural Oak - Wood FlooringTarkett
DrywallsGyptec
Sanitary Ware, Bathroom and Kitchen FixturesSanindusa
Product Spec Sheet
Kitchen and Laundry sinks
Natural Oak - Wood Flooring
by Tarkett
Drywalls
by Gyptec
Sanitary Ware, Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular
11 Aug 2022 News
Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular

In Italy’s Apulian countryside, Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto is a renovation and e... More

Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees
9 Aug 2022 News
Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees

Situated on the site of Denmark's largest Refugee camp from World War II, FLUGT by BIG is a museum d... More

Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy
8 Aug 2022 News
Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Haydon, a multi-brand cosmetics retailer recently opened its doors to a striking, new retail space i... More

Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre by Rizvi Hassan is an ode to indigenous way of living
8 Aug 2022 News
Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre by Rizvi Hassan is an ode to indigenous way of living

Located on a hilltop in the middle of a refugee camp area, The Rohingya Cultural Memory Centre, desi... More

CoBe Architecture and Paysage design a Residential Complex with an Interplay of Solid and Void
8 Aug 2022 News
CoBe Architecture and Paysage design a Residential Complex with an Interplay of Solid and Void

Located near the Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station, Tri Postal Block designed by CoBe architecture... More

Habitat Groupé Bolette accommodates two separate houses within one confident brick volume
5 Aug 2022 News
Habitat Groupé Bolette accommodates two separate houses within one confident brick volume

On a building plot in a small Brabant village, two families are accommodated within two separate hou... More

MATISSE patisserie by NOMMA STUDIO celebrates the energy and simplicity of the famous painter’s work
5 Aug 2022 News
MATISSE patisserie by NOMMA STUDIO celebrates the energy and simplicity of the famous painter’s work

Well-designed interior spaces are one of the many reasons for the ongoing popularity of patisseries.... More

Studio Coplanar renovates a countryside house in a white and azure palette
5 Aug 2022 News
Studio Coplanar renovates a countryside house in a white and azure palette

Located in the countryside of downtown Brazil, Serrana House designed by Studio Coplanar is a 30-yea... More