Location: Castelo Branco, Portugal
Completion date: 2020
Built area: 110m2
Studio: Paulo Martins Arquitetura & Design
Photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio
Text provided by the architects:
This villa is located in Castelo Branco, in the old part of the city, which has been in an increasing state of decline in recent years. In response to this trend, this project was aimed at taking on the contours of an archetype, in an attempt to establish a trend in the urban occupancy of the city: urban revitalization of the historic center and its occupancy by younger age groups, making this part of the city more dynamic once more.
In line with this intention, the project consisted of maintaining the original appearance of the house on the outside, while inside, the spaces were readapted to current standards of comfort and living, marked by contemporary minimalism.
In project terms, the house has 2 ﬂoors and a mezzanine. The ground ﬂoor is set aside for rest areas, for lighting reasons, and the upper ﬂoors are for the social areas. On these upper ﬂoors, which are accessed via the original building staircase, we restored the spatial amplitude of the roof, giving us quite a generous ﬂoor-to-ceiling height and letting the light reﬂect on the white ceilings and walls, ﬂooding into the entire space that had once been enclosed. A skylight was added to the mezzanine, giving you a view of the castle from your workstation and reminding you that this contemporary space is ﬁlled with history.
In terms of materials, we wanted the project to be light, casual, and welcoming, using simple, yet high quality, materials, painting the walls and ceilings in light shades and ﬁnishing off ﬂoors and furniture in Scots pine.