House G
JFCG Arquitectos

House G

José Fernando Gonçalves – JFCG as Architects

As the plot has an irregular front, the strategy was to build a three storey volume perpendicular to the street, wich develops according to the longitudinal sense of the terrain and the topography. It has three subordinated and transverse elements: a smaller volume (corresponding to the living-room, defines a protected leisure area in the backyard), a patio (as a negative) and the swimming-pool (creating a void in the main volume).


The living and dining rooms are visually articulated but in different levels; both in straight relation with the east and south exterior. The kitchen has a bow-window towards north with views over the entrance and the contiguous woods. The private areas are located at the upper floor and facing south. From the north corridor one firstly arrives to an open room with transverse light, through which one accesses the guest room and the terrace. At the lower floor is the garage, the laundry and two working rooms: a small office and a painting studio (with a dark laboratory), both iluminated by the patio.


In terms of construction, the building presents great simplicity: a concrete structure covered by fiber-cement panels and glass surfaces. There are steel frames in the basement and alluminium frames in the upper floors.

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