Rural House in Portugal by Henrique Barros-Gomes
Discover the charm of Portugal’s rural heartland through an architectural masterpiece – Rural House in Portugal. Designed by renowned architect Henrique Barros-Gomes, this vacation house is situated in the quaint and well-preserved village of Castelo Branco, known for its dramatic seasons and distinct local character.
The project revives a former community oven into a stunning residence, blending traditional aesthetics with contemporary design. Thick, exposed granite walls and a gable roof from the original construction are given a new life, while the interior spaces are transformed into a loft-like setting, teeming with bespoke carpentry and warm, radiant light. A beautifully crafted stair-bench-table-fireplace serves as the pivotal design element, inspired by Scarpa’s iconic Olivetti Showroom in Venice. The exterior flaunts a subtle austerity that fits seamlessly into the local architecture, contrasting beautifully with the contemporary interior. The house is not just a mere living space, but a testament to the fusion of ancient tradition and modern design.