Concrete is usually associated with urban monsters, brutalist buildings, or industrial environments, but the family house, designed by Portuguese architects Hugo Pereira and Diogo Jordão, sheds new light on the material in question, which appears as a reflection of nature.
The plot of about twelve thousand square meters, surrounded by cork oaks, is located in a nature reserve in Portugal. “Our main concept was to preserve the surrounding nature and make it part of the house. The gray shade of the concrete is the same as the color of the oak trees surrounding the building, and we wanted to evoke the atmosphere of the trees,” Hugo Pereira shared with us. Due to the color choice that melts into the environment and the slope of the façades, the house becomes an organic yet captivating element of the landscape.
Visitors are greeted on arrival by a grandiose experience: a granite road surrounded by cork oaks leads to the prestigious, asymmetrical wing of the house. With its interconnected details, large glass surfaces and inner gardens, the structure seeks to sublimate the massiveness of the concrete, opening to green and light. The bright, panoramic spaces provide access to nature on all levels, meaning easy access to the gardens, terraces, roof and pool. The overall effect of the interior is also meant to make concrete surfaces more airy. Carefully selected furnishings operate in neutral colors, contrasting solutions and light shapes.
Photos: Ivo Taveres Studio