House on a Warehouse

House on a Warehouse

Architect
Miguel Marcelino, Arquitecto
Location
Torres Novas, Portugal
Project Year
2012
Category
Private Houses
Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography

House on a Warehouse

Miguel Marcelino, Arquitecto as Architects

The briefing was to build a three-bedroom house on top of a warehouse built in the 80's, where part of the roof was made with a flat slab and a small balcony, precisely with that idea of later building the house.


Given the constraints of the existing warehouse, the house shape turns out to be automatically set: a box that rests on the existing structure. The rooms are placed to the east, the toilets to the west, as well as the kitchen, looking to a centennial olive tree. The existing balcony will be maintained and "duplicated" as a shading element. The living room is placed south where its south/east corner is diagonally cut in a way that the balcony could enlarge and offer an outdoor area protected from the sun and rain, overlooking the valley.

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