Bouça Family House / FAHR 021.3
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Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Sanindusa, Hallelujah Azulejos, NJF, Pavimento Enceradora, Robert McNeel & Associates, Silestone, Teka
Text description provided by the architects. Designing a single-family house in the center of Porto is in a way an opportunity to reflect not only on the daily life of the family that occupies it, but also on the space it occupies in the city. It is a representation of the interior towards the exterior, from the family towards the public space and towards the city. It is on the dialectic of these two dimensions that this single-family house
In this context, the opportunity to build a family home in this part of the city offers an opportunity to build and consolidate the urban front, as well as to build a neighborhood. The volumetry of the house respects the scale of the street in a simple and playful attitude. In its relationship to the street, the house seeks above all to create a link with passers-by, the passer-by or the neighbor, taking a formal composition of the street and on a human scale. This composition of shapes and colors continues inside in a few clues or details up to the rear facade, constructing a functional response of the space to be inhabited and opening a joyful dialogue with the environment.
This approach to living is assumed, inside the house, in a formal and functional simplicity that allows spontaneous and informal occupation, without major architectural barriers. The spaces relate to each other in an act of closeness and sharing through vertical connections of space and light that run through the entire building. It is in these transitions, such as a misalignment of a wall, a nook in the stairwell, or small niches, that the space opens up at unexpected times and makes the house a unique space.