photo © José Campos
In the rural area of Vila Boa De quires just east of Porto, the House AADD by Portuguese architect Helder De Carvalho enjoys elevated views of the faraway horizon and green inland scenery.
photo © José Campos
Two stacked boxes, a regular white square on a darker inset rectangle creates a dichotomy, offer a visibly public structure with a private mass hidden in its shadows.
photo © José Campos
The entrance takes the user over a series of protruding concrete platforms around a solitary olive tree, an organic touch in front of a rectilinear form.
photo © José Campos   entrance
Three bedrooms and two living rooms enjoy the company of various qualities of light through the different apertures and terraces that interrupt the continuity of the tiled outer skin.
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
The lower area contains the kitchen, dining, and social gathering area along with the garage, using the overhang of the primary program to provide much needed shade in the summer months. While the superior volume lives in the sun, the inferior volume lives in the absence of direct light, where a series of edges controls and defines the character of illumination. A skylight floods the hidden void between the site and the lower structure with light without overheating, a powerful element in a dark chasm. The interior in contrast is much more integrated with double-height spaces and visually connected rooms between the two levels.
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
A natural stone wall cuts through the floors also joining the elements with a single plane.
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos
photo © José Campos   right: dark area between the lower volume and retaining wall lit by the void above
Above: Ground floor plan
Above: First floor plan
Above: section
 
 
 
Above: elevations
 
Project: Casa AADD
Architects: Helder de Carvalho
Location: Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
Collaborators: Carla Zuzarte, Cláudio Ferreira, Michael Ferreira, Sérgio Azevedo, Sidónio de Jesus
Engineering: Jasmim Reis
Year: 2012
 
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