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Ponte House, Amarante, Portugal by stu.dere - Oficina de Arquitetura e Design, Lda

Project name:
Casa Ponte (Ponte House)
Architecture firm:
stu.dere - Oficina de Arquitetura e Design, Lda
Amarante, Portugal
Ivo Tavares Studio
Principal architect:
Ulisses Costa
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
970 m²
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Tools used:
Habirobim – Construção e Reabilitação, Lda
Concrete, Steel, Glass
Residential › House

stu.dere - Oficina de Arquitetura e Design, Lda: The “Casa Ponte” project was developed with the aim of integrating the house into the morphology of the land, with its narrow and extended configuration and ended up dictating the volumetric of the house in the same way. The idea was to benefit from the landscape by keeping it at a high level and taking advantage of the two accesses to the site, creating a kind of bridge that the building itself crosses.

A large concrete roof rests on two boxes of light, materialized by polycarbonate, drawing the contours of the house and at the same time giving the sensation of a suspended element. With this solution, the idea was to give an intelligent response to the local mandates for sloping roofs.

The exterior is characterized by flat and clean lines, embodied with materials such as concrete combined with aluminium slats and polycarbonate that allow a unique use, without the need for adjacent layers. The contact with the outside was oriented towards the green of the forest that can be seen in the distance, with the privacy guaranteed by the height at which the house is located.

In terms of lived experiences, the guidelines principles were directed to the creation of spaces that were fluidly connected and that extended to the outside, merging the spaces into only one. The two coated volumes with polycarbonate receive the most intimate programs of the house, providing a greater privacy, while the glazed ones welcome the social areas. As for the flooring solutions, we opted for wooden flooring in the private areas and microcement in the social areas, thus giving continuity to the concrete slabs used outside.

The house breathes with its large windows, capturing light and communicating directly with the gardens, giving the possibility to be inside without losing the sensorial and visual connection with the outside. The variable ceiling heights, provided by the hipped roof, were explored in the social areas of the house, in order to create hierarchies and dynamics in their lived experiences, and so this area also benefits from a large rectangular oculus on the roof that allows the light to get in and enhances the elegance of the space by creating a feeling of continuity.

By Stephany Mata Garcia

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