PAULO MERLINI architects
The project results from the remodeling of an old farmhouse located in a yet very rural city. By disassembling the poor materials of the old facade we discovered that the house was actually made up of three small houses built according to the needs of the former owner.
This was the key premise for the creation of our project, maintaining the structure of the original volumes and assume their original shape uncovered, unifying them through a slab perforated by a central patio that fills with light the entire social area, located on the ground floor.
A garden roof finish on this central slab offers a new intimate garden to all rooms and private areas of the house.
In terms of materiality, our intention was to create a strong contrast between the two floors. On the ground floor a rougher materiality, denouncing the tectonic of the construction, transmitting the sensation of living inside a granite excavated mass, with a very strong relation with the exterior space.
And in the upper floor, the geometry of the three original houses is denounced throw their materialization as pure white volumes, flooded with light.
On this floor, the high right feet, the wooden shutters, the white and the wooden floors recreate the feeling of a typical Portuguese country house.
Project Name: Rio House
Location: Gondomar, Portugal
Architect Office: PAULO MERLINI architects
Lead Architect：Paulo Merlini / André Santos Silva
Completion Year: 2020
Photographer：Ivo Tavares Studio
Highly motivated by our personal motto US IS MORE, our main concern is to create spaces that give people the right stimuli, positively influencing their homeostatic levels. The speed imposed in the last one hundred and fifty years has taken us away from our natural speed of evolution. We can no longer ignore the fact that we live trapped in bodies that are not prepared for this new, ever-increasing, architecture-dominated reality. As such, and as creators of this new world, we have an obligation to adapt the outer space to our bodies, and not the other way around. To this end, in our office we focus on the knowledge of the human body, mainly on the response of the human brain to external stimuli. Supported by scientific rigor we develop our projects as centers of positive manipulation of the brain.