Box House, reconstruction

Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project

About the project
A rehabilitation project always represents the conflict between the memory of past experiences and the urges of contemporary living.
The existing volume has a singular configuration — rigid in shape and rudely built, similar to the typical Minho house.
It’s a building that intimately relates to the site where it is located, a kind of unsophisticated but charming rural “plaza”.
In this context we propose a new and contemporary volume, with the intention to cause contradicting feelings to the observer. It explores the balance and tension between the existing and the proposed form. Its colour, materialization, shape and position, causes a purposeful distinction between the “old and the new”.
The purpose of this project is a single family house.

Romarigães, Paredes de Coura, Portugal

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Applicant and author of the project
Tiago Castro de Sousa

Other participants
Contractors — Manuel Barreiro
Wood Workers — Queiras & Xedas
Kitchen — Bold Cozinhas