House SGLight by Grau.Zero


Portuguese architects Grau.Zero have completed a house in Santo Tirso, near Porto, where one end peels up from the ground.

Called House SGLight, the project consists of two rectangular volumes that have been 'bent', one kinked horizontally and the other towards the sky.

The entrance is located between the two volumes.

The text below is from the designers:

With the use of maxima deployment allowed by ground in its vertical projection, resulted the volume of the building.

The idea was blend a sculpture image with architectural needs, making them ambiguous, was the proposal made to the owner, as a work premise.

We used a 10 ° flexion in two volumes, in order to maintain among themselves a common language.

The application of bending, runs one of the volumes in its horizontal axis, and the other in its vertical axis.

This gesture created a distant positioning to a formal level between the two block, allowing however have several readings volumes.

These large volumes almost blind, provides you a very strong image.

Between the "bodies" happens the entry, where highlights, through a sectioning of the volume on the horizontal axis.

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The organization of space, starts in the north wing of the house, a relationship between the house and an existing elementary school.

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Sought to break with some of the architectural forms of identification, especially outside windows that were used in the smallest possible number. Lighting/ventilation of rooms happens from individual small patios.

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Posted on Wednesday March 3rd 2010 at 4:30 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • tommi

    feel sorry for d’ tree there & d’ lambo juz doesnt help either. nice house, even isnt a particularly exciting house.

  • SouL


  • AAA

    Money just can’t buy taste!

  • scruces

    Love the design. House is great. The picture with the orange lambo though is funny – kinda distracting – all of a suddent I thought it was a MIAMI pretentious project

  • ANY

    Like the car though…

  • ruth

    too much effort for to little effect

  • Alireza

    I think this house isnt good for live but i think is a new idea

  • Sven

    If I had a lamborghini, I would like to admire it from the inside of the house :-)

  • Q

    nice house, it has nice details in shape, i think the entrance is weird though, it very much conceiled. I think this house is an example how to do original stuff whithout thrashing the functionality and ergonomics of a building.

  • devoid

    Look! I have a Lambo!!!!

  • dom

    tommi, you are right!
    the tree will probably die, and the lambo will fall out of style.
    moving on…

  • onvn

    I kind of, in a very strange way, am attracted to this building. The ‘mini’ courtyards in the nooks of the volumes make quite interesting spaces.

    That tree looks great, again in a strange and almost grotesque way, now but when it starts being bushy, it wont be so much.

    A great enclosure with a private relationship to the neighbourhood. I would not mind living in there.


    “If the naturalism and graphic virtuosity of architectural portrayal are too great, if they lack open parches where our imagination and curiosity about the drawing [or photograph] can penetrate the image, the portrayal itself becomes the object of our desire.”

    That Lambo does not do the architecture any favours, as some of the comments here have mentioned. People get jittery when money is involved into architecture — many will think capitalism rules architecture — and what better epitome of capitalism than a Lamborghini? Keep it in the garage, out of sight, or you could replace it with a more subtle supercar — say… a Aston Martin? heheh

  • Happy_Robot

    Lambo must be the part of design.
    Installment instructions included.
    Color and rims approved by a member of design team.

  • LOW

    Love the Lambo…

  • xmmot

    …………….. good morning orange car. you are blocking my drive and the view on my house……………

    you mind getting the (f)*** out of hear!

    thank you, very kind

  • tsktsk

    Tanto trabalho e nem o tubo de queda sabem esconder?

  • giov

    > If I had a lamborghini, I would like to admire it from the inside of the house

    from which one of the 2 windows of the house?
    3 bedrooms without windows, come on! how can you live in there??

  • jing

    where are the windows in the bedrooms?

  • Hi The trees were replanted because they would be slaughtered. The olive trees are local species and quite resistant. At least we try to save them… This house is a low budget. Believe that the car is more expensive than the house.
    Cordially. GRAU.ZERO

  • price

    ok, Nobre. Nice saving trees, and being low budget. But why as others have mentioned zero windows into the bedrooms. Low budget homes more than ever should incorporate daylighting/views simply for cost/livability during the houses lifetime??

  • ARX

    Yes it is intriguing the part of the bedrooms with no windows!!

  • Tex

    Hi guys. Why don’t you spend some time observing the project?
    The windows are in the roof.

    Anyway, the client is satisfied. And he is the important part. Watch the project from Suppose Design with no windows

    And the tree is not going to die. it needs light and water, not the views…

    Força Sérgio, não ligues a estes conas. Saudações Poveiras.

  • Luke

    Reminds me of Cláudio Vilarinho’s Casa 1 in Penafiel, Portugal.

    I like both.

  • carl

    From the look o the roof plan, There are windows on the ceiling of each room…

  • there is something not quite right here. the little diagram showing the typological manouevering is a sham as it looks capricious rather than function or context driven. the interior spaces look disturbingly uninhabitable and as for the windows in the roof, is there any particular reason the walls have been left blank abd the roof penetrated. maybe the architect has not been able to convey the essence of the house or its conception but form the info available, i think its pretty disappointing from every angle except the sculptural one.
    my suggestion, sell the house, live in the car, its looks more comfortable

  • popi vaki

    I like the feeling of a… LIFT UP. It looks more suitable for cafes and restaurants. Hmmm

  • RedW

    This is a rather half-baked idea for a home. A lot of the moves are just arbitrary and the tree seems to be a highly unnecessary attempt at sustainability. Ironically the tree will probably die. Lambos are kinda ugly too, as well as distracting. A white one or a black one would’ve served just fine.

  • ARX


    Windows are not in the roof they are on the walls, sky lights are on the roof. The purpose of a window is not the ilumination itself but also the opportunity of a view. Off course if the client is ok with that’s his choice.

    ps. we are not “conas” we are designers with points of view on the project that they chose to publish here

  • Diego

    To Rex.
    So the client is satisfied because he is the design architect, not supposedly Sergio who is happy to apply wax on e wax off.
    The only conas here cuitadinho, e inflissmente da tua fodida mae. How is my Portuguese for you!

  • Trey

    I like the idea of a bedroom without windows, strictly for sleeping and other private activities. I’d be interested to hear from the owner how it works in reality though in year or so. Is it a place of refuge or has he been tempted to use a sledgehammer? :-)

  • hayden

    Sooooo i’ve just brought this lambo, and, and I want my house to look like that.

  • avec laudenum

    the living room shot is horrible. they should have used better lighting, and probably better furniture. the light well with the tree is a nice idea, but the tree has been butchered. details, people!