“A Walk in the Countryside”: Camarim Forms a Winding Country Home to Merge With the Hillside

The Lisbon-based design duo behind Camarim has conceived of a country home in Penela, Portugal, as “a walk in the countryside.” Negotiating the hilly topography of the site, the studio has designed a country home for a British couple that winds across the hillside, clinging to its natural slope. The concrete home is configured in a ramp-like formation, allowing each floor to have access to the outdoors. Expansive windows and doors create a permeable connection with the landscape, while the slate color of the façade pays homage to the vernacular palate of the historic region. Read more from Camarim about the conception of Casa na Gateira: “Gateira is a hamlet placed on a beautiful hill planted with vineyards, pines and olive trees with splendid views over the southern tip of Serra da Estrela, the highest point in mainland Portugal. The clients — a British couple — wanted a second home to give them space, open air and silence, in contrast to their life in London. The first question: how to design on such a dramatic landscape, with an unusual balance between nature, agriculture and traditional architecture? Our strategy was to interfere as ...
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