In the historic centre of the village of Ansião, on a slightly sloped land, Casa Âmago emerges. The plot had two small houses in ruins, with no architectural interest, and as such, renovating them was not an option. However, it wouldn’t be in harmony with the surroundings to plan a contemporary house with no connection to the neighbouring buildings. Thus, the first glimpse of this house does not give away what is beyond the wall and gate.
▼住宅外观，exterior view of the house © Hugo Santos Silva
▼轴测图，axonometric drawing ©Bruno Dias Arquitectura
A one-floor building, with a large central patio, the core from which the theme unfolds into all the other spaces and organisation. “Âmago” means marrow, centre, core, focal point, and this central patio works as the main point of the house.
▼庭院概览，overview of the garden © Hugo Santos Silva
▼庭院局部，the garden © Hugo Santos Silva
▼由庭院看向建筑，a view from the garden to the building © Hugo Santos Silva
The main entrance is located on the east, whether reached on foot or by car, the main hall takes you directly to the social area, livingroom, kitchen and barbecue area. Along this axis you can find the technical and service room areas, such as the gym, study, launderette, a service toilet room and a utility room.
▼连通建筑入口和庭院的步道，walkway connects the entrance to the garden © Hugo Santos Silva
All these spaces lead to a patio on the northern side, allowing natural light and ventilation. The social area, set on the west side and onto a garden, brings in a natural afternoon and early evening light, the time when people most enjoy the space. The barbecue area is an essential space in this house, as it provides a privileged social interaction with friends.
▼露台，the patio © Hugo Santos Silva
▼泳池，the swimming pool © Hugo Santos Silva
In the living room you will find a piece of furniture that was specifically designed for this space, which hides the private quarters, thus ensuring privacy to users. Two of the bedrooms and the suite are turned west onto the garden. The third bedroom, the shared bathroom and the private bathroom are turned east towards the central patio. Both bathroom facilities of the private quarters have a patio, which allows for natural light and a more pleasant space.
▼客厅，the living room © Hugo Santos Silva
▼餐厅，dining room © Hugo Santos Silva
▼洗手间，the bath room © Hugo Santos Silva
The house is organised in an orthogonal layout, which contrasts with the organic roof slabs in reinforced concrete, with circular patios. The presence of wood in most of the spaces of “Casa Âmago”, gives a unique and personal touch to them, flowing into the core area – the central patio.
▼走廊，the corridor © Hugo Santos Silva
▼平面图，plan ©Bruno Dias Arquitectura
Client: Bruno Dias e Fernanda Santos
Location: Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho, nº 158
Area: 765,00 m²
Arquitecture: Bruno Dias Arquitectura
Project team: Bruno Lucas Dias, Tânia Matias, Cristiana Henriques,
Building Company: Montoconfra
Plumbing / Eletricity: Canalizações Alvorgense
Coating Materials: Carlos Silva e Miguel Ferreira
Photography: Hugo Santos Silva
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