Smoked Wood House

Best Project of Private Residence

About the project
Smoked Wood House was designed to challenge a naturally fragmented environment where unbuilt spaces and monolithic volumes of popular architecture coexist.
An object integrated into the environment and, at the same time, that stands out in its surroundings. This duality was achieved through the dialogue between different materialities. The formal simplicity of the volume contrasts the sophisticated gesture in the option of the metallic profile as a unifying element of these different materials.
On the first floor, destined for the social area, glass facades predominate, allowing a visual relationship with the exterior. This relationship is endowed with privacy, achieved by the extension of the refractory brick wall of the main façade.
The upper floor, which consists of the private area, is covered with carbonized wood, using the ancient Japanese technique of browning wood, Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi.
Supporting walls were chosen as an organic gesture, adding dynamics to the exterior.

Vila Caiz, Amarante, Portugal

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Applicant and authors of the project
stu.dere — Oficina de Arquitetura e Design.
Founded in 2016 by Ulisses Costa, dedicated to the development of Architecture Projects, Interior Architecture and Design.
The studio values the search for different approaches and architectural paradigms to respond to the challenges presented by each client, reflecting in the work a posture that questions the environment, which leads us to a perfect balance between the formal, strategic and sensory point of view.
Architect Ulisses Costa