Cloaked House by Ernesto Pereira is designed to disappear into its arboreal setting

Glazed walls sandwiched between concrete slabs ensure this house in the Portuguese city of Marco de Canaveses blends in with the surrounding trees and provides extensive views across a nearby valley. Local architect Ernesto Pereira designed the Cloaked House to take advantage of its verdant hillside site, which is surrounded by chestnut trees and flanked

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PROD transforms 18th-century manor house in rural Portugal into hotel

Portuguese studio PROD has converted this 18th-century house and stables in northern Portugal into a 15-bedroom hotel, adding an elevated wooden bridge and a vaulted roof to the kitchen. The Paço de Vitorino estate comprises a three-storey residence on the eastern side of the plot, and two wings on the northern and southern side that were previously used as a warehouse

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Perforated green cladding wraps university science institute by Cláudio Vilarinho

Irregularly shaped perforations in the pale green facades of this new university research institute in Portugal are inspired by the tubular molecules that form solar panels. The Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability was designed by architect Cláudio Vilarinho for a site on Minho University’s Azurém Campus in northern Portugal. The new building provides facilities for

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Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura team up for Portuguese museum project

Pritzker Prize winners Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura have teamed up to renovate a museum at a historic Portuguese monastery and have also added a new contemporary sculpture museum (+ slideshow). The two Portuguese architects – whose previous collaborations include the 2009 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – partnered on the overhaul of the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa, More

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Officina29 Architetti builds garden living room without cutting down any trees

Towering oak trees surround this addition to a family residence in Sardinia, which is raised up on concrete feet to minimise its impact on the wild landscape (+ slideshow). Officina29 Architetti designed the small building as an annex to a house in Sassari, the second-largest city on the Italian island. It can function as an More

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Staggered and stacked blocks define rooms in Porto residence by 236 Arquitectos

Each room in this Porto house by 236 Arquitectos is contained within an individual white box, which is stacked irregularly from its neighbour to form a distinctive cluster formation (+ slideshow). Faced with the issue of building on a flood-prone site, the Porto practice led by architect Sebastião Moreira first devised the boxes as a More

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Blaanc uses rammed earth to build house in a Portuguese vineyard

Layers of compacted earth form walls for this house by architecture studio Blaanc, which is set in the middle of a vineyard in Portugal’s Montijo municipality (+ slideshow). Named Vineyard House, the single-storey building comprises three interlocking volumes, which separate living spaces from bedrooms and a home office. Related story: Rammed earth walls surround Craigieburn Library by More

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Alentejo Country Hotel features log facades to match the surrounding cork trees

Vertical logs cover the gabled elevations of this rural hotel in southern Portugal, designed by Lisbon studio Future Architecture Thinking (+ slideshow). Miguel Correia’s studio Future Architecture Thinking – whose past projects include an angular red arts and culture centre – designed the Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel for a site near the village of Grândola, about an hour’s drive from Lisbon. The 25-hectare estate boasts gentle hills, More

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Álvaro Siza completes red brick theatre near Barcelona

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has built a red brick theatre in Llinars del Vallès, a village outside Barcelona (+ slideshow). The Pritkzer Prize-winning architect worked with local studio Aresta Arquitectura on the Public Auditorium in Llinars del Vallès, which was commissioned as part of a public investment in cultural facilities for the region. The complex is formed from two volumes, one containing More

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Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa add concrete extension to stone house in Portugal

A glass-fronted stairwell joins a craggy stone building to its new concrete extension at this Portuguese house by Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa (+ slideshow). Filipe Pina + Maria Inês Costa designed the 260-square-metre family home, named House JA, for a site in the city of Guarda, northern Portugal. Related story: Casa de Sambade by […]

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