House near Serra da Estrela

Best Project of Private Residence

About the project
A vast green scenery, seemingly endless.
An absent sun, a greyish sky, and the sounding gusty winds in the wild vegetation frame the ambiance setting.
Bearing the essential imprints of its own circumstances, and aspiring for the harmony of the most natural, pure and tactile materials, an earth-pigmented concrete mass sits on a rocky plateau.
All the primeval ground stones are left untouched, acting as a remembrance.
A remembrance of the past – a sense of the passage of time.
Reminding that the new always rests upon the reminiscent.
Sheltered by the mountains of Serra da Estrela, the construction frames the inexorable changing nature, and its harsh serenity.
Life, and time, unveil themselves, exactly as they are – (in) finite.

Belmonte, Portugal

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Applicant and author of the project
João Cepeda, Portuguese architect and researcher (Lisbon, 1983).
Worked (and studied) as an architect in Switzerland, France, Portugal and Japan.
Participated in the 14th Architecture Venice Biennale (2012).
Finalist of the 2014 Premios FAD Awards (ArquinFAD, Spain).
Winner of the 2015 Architects Now Award, granted by the Portuguese Architects Guild.
Published in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Brazil.
Focuses on materiality and pure construction.
Constantly striving for the essence.