Bragança House

Bragança House

Architect
DEPA
Location
Bragança, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Private Houses
José Campos

Bragança House

DEPA as Architects

The house was built in Bragança, on a polygonal plot in the city’s outskirts, anonymous and similar to so many others that thrive through Iberian Peninsula.

photo_credit José Campos
José Campos

This project seeks to react to this suburban condition which seemed inevitable, by rejecting the generic site implantation that would not take in consideration the topographic condition of its terrain disposition and would, by default, suggest the implantation of a parallelepiped in its centre.

photo_credit José Campos
José Campos
photo_credit José Campos
José Campos

Likewise, the house is built by modelling the terrain in three levels. Those levels, inhabited from the inside and from the outside, contain a distinct programmatic core. The first level, with the garage, uses the outside walls to create a street front, in a design capable of mixing the patios with the walls and the building itself. The second level, setback, gathers the day-to-day household chores: cooking area, dining room, living room and a workspace. The third level gathers the sleeping areas, that are connected by a generous interior gallery which can also be inhabited. In the roof level one can find the swimming pool, taking advantage of the broader city view.

photo_credit José Campos
José Campos
photo_credit José Campos
José Campos

The house volumetry is built in one sole material, bare concrete, which regains a new density through the textures and colors gameplay. In the first two levels that meet the soil, the concrete assumes a stony appearance, since its sandblasted. The upper level it is presented in a more delicate way, with a wavy texture and colour tones stolen from the local clayey soil.

photo_credit José Campos
José Campos
photo_credit José Campos
José Campos

The interior is discovered through multiple ascending walkways that cut the house and admit its connection with the several platforms. The openings that link interior spaces with the exterior one are not afraid of the surprise effect provoked by a less consensual harmony. They generously seek to react to three elemental points: the viewing opportunity, the program’s singularity and the right attention to the solar movement.

photo_credit José Campos
José Campos
photo_credit José Campos
José Campos

Team:

Architects - DEPA Architects

Photographer - José Campos

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Materials Used:

Windows - Velfac
Faucets - W7
Sanitary ware - Duravit

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Project Credits
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Sanitary WareDuravit
WindowsVelfac
FaucetsW7
Product Spec Sheet
Sanitary Ware
by Duravit
Windows
by Velfac
Faucets
by W7
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