Casa Rio by Paulo Merlini Architects
Completely redesigned in 2019 by Paulo Merlini Architects, this amazing two-story residence is situated in Gondomar, Portugal.
The project results from the remodeling of an old farmhouse.
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. Maintain 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 the 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 (the wall) 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 country house.