spaceworkers designs a ‘house for books’ with a monolithic roof in rural portugal

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spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal

when spaceworkers took on a commission to design a private residence in rural portugal, their client approached them with one simple challenge: to design a space for books. after fleeting notions of classical libraries with sliding stairs to reach high bookshelves, the team followed this idea to create a tall volume capable of generating the necessary composition and hierarchy of interior spaces. 

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

 

 

designing from the inside out, spaceworkers began by differentiating the interior spaces according to function. with some rooms soaring to double-height ceilings or clever voids of light, the design led to an uneven roof plane that protrudes and recesses. in this way, the architect considered the roof as a fifth façade, which influenced the idealization of the remaining elevations.

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

 

 

the roof is expressed as a dense and monolithic cover. evoking the idea of a cave, the heavy roof reminds residents of their own scale as humans and the ancestral importance of shelter. in balance, the lower first floor volume is formed in timber and glass, making the stone above appear almost to levitate. once inside, residents are bathed in natural light and airy spaces, providing a total contrast to the heavy stone of the external upper mass. 

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

 

 

time has also been an important factor when designing the house as spaceworkers has considered how the materials will age. as the years pass the textured concrete will naturally age and become more integrated into the rural surroundings. the same will happen to the timber base, which the older it gets the more magnificence it will become, enriching the house.

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

image © FG+SG – fernando guerra

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

first floor plan

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

second floor plan

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

section

 

 

project info:

 

project name: agrela house

location: portugal

architect: spaceworkers

principal architects: henrique marques, rui dinis

project team: marco santos, marta silva, mónica pacheco, tiago maciel

furniture design: bairro design

finance director: carla duarte – cfo

engineer: simetria vertical

area: 3928.83 ft2 (365 m2)

year: 2018

photography: FG+SG – fernando guerra

 

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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

spaceworkers designs a 'house for books' with a monolithic roof in rural portugal designboom

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