an element of memory in rural Portugal
in the rural countryside of estremoz, portugal, architecture studio joão cepeda has transformed an abandoned farm building into a minimalist residence. the scorching sun, the blue sky and the gusts of wind in the wild vegetation frame the atmosphere. in the meantime, a partly preserved old stone wall built by hand characterizes the project and acts as an element of memory.
all images are courtesy of joão cepeda
materials and earthy tones blend into the natural surroundings
the design of joão cepeda retains some of the characteristics of the old agricultural structure, reminding that the new one is still based on recall. the studio recovered the existing stone wall, enclosing a semi-buried basement for storage, and the kitchen with a small patio. the upper volume of the ground floor houses both private and social spaces, and is subtly finished with a sand stucco, in an earthy beige tone, merging with the outdoor grounds and the landscaped pantones. light gray microcement floors give texture to the final construction, sheltering and providing the necessary natural cooling for the new home.
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | design boom