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José Castro & Filhos, S.A
JBJC
INOVOLT
VAGAENG
Alfilux
José Castro
Sirvent

Refúgio na Montaria
Viana do Castelo, Portugal

HOUSES

Status

Complete

Partners

José Castro & Filhos, S.A
JBJC
INOVOLT
VAGAENG
Alfilux
José Castro
Sirvent

There are images of villages and farms that we retain since ever. The first image that we associate to the terrain and the place is the water tank: public or private, they served to wash, water supply or even to the more or less illegal child’s adventures. Above all they were an important meeting point, a workplace and an important symbol of community life.

The shelter is located on a steep terrain on the edge of the village, with a privileged view over the Serra d’Arga mountains. The building occupies the space of the existing ruin. The house consists of a concrete volume that hosts the pool and that rises from the ground, allowing to add the program at the bottom, reinforcing the idea of shelter. The pool assumes particular relevance in the design, searching in its relationship with the terrain the image of the old tanks. The steep slope of the terrain allowed to accommodate a shelter at the bottom of the pool volume, composed by a living room/kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. The elementary program was organized around an interior courtyard that provides lighting and ventilation to the rooms.

CARVALHO ARAÚJO