Lisbon-based architectural practice Extrastudio debuts at Thisipaper with an unrepeatable design of a meager house located in the agricultural area.
The house is dedicated to a couple of agronomists with two children, who inherited a long, narrow plot in the middle of the village and wanted to locate there their apartment, as seeking for an alternative way of living.
The building’s core is based on three courtyards. „ The first separates the house from the street, creating a small hideout, secluded from village life and passersby. The second courtyard is placed at the center, bringing light into the house.
It is a walled garden with all spaces revolving around it, a device found in many houses of Arabic tradition in the south of Portugal and Spain. In this courtyard, there's a small circular window in the ground. Below it rests a special room, an octagonal wine cellar, accommodating an extensive wine collection, with rare wines dating from the 19th century. The third courtyard is a platform; a belvedere open on two sides, overlooking the village and the magnificent vineyards in the hills. Sour cherry trees will provide shade, creating an elevated garden, three meters above ground,” the architects describe.