Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

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Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Lisbon studio Orgânica Arquitectura have completed a two-storey residence behind the solid stone walls of an otherwise ruined house in Sintra, Portugal.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

A wall of windows at the rear of Cabrela House overlooks a small courtyard, which is bounded by the retained stone structure.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

The new steel-framed house has a pitched roof that imitates the profile of both the existing building and the adjoining property next door.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

A living room, kitchen and work studio can be found on the ground floor, while two bedrooms are located on the storey above.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Similar projects from the Dezeen archive include a concrete house atop stone building remains in the Swiss Alps, a Corten steel artist’s studio inserted into a ruined Victorian dovecote, and two houses where a steeply-pitched roof covers an old dry stone construction in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Here are a few words from the architects:


Cabrela House, Sintra, Portugal

On the site we found ruins of a house waiting to be recover.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

On the interior a house emerges: we preserved the limit walls and we designed an exterior space.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

At the same time we harmonize the smalls existing volumes that follow the house next door.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

On the main floor stay the kitchen, the living room and a small studio and at first floor two bedrooms.

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Architecture: Orgânica Arquitectura (Paulo Serôdio Lopes, Teresa Serôdio Lopes, Marta Belém)

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Client: José Silva Pereira

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Area: 142m2;

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

Local: Cabrela, Sintra, Portugal

Cabrela House by Orgânica Arquitectura

  • http://thebarenecessitiesblog.blogspot.com/ zee

    Love the idea, and the principle of cherishing ruins as important layers of meaning that should be kept.

    However in this particular design – but the quality of the photographs/lighting may blur my judgement – it is a bit difficult to assess how well the spaces function. The thickness of the mullions seems to be in the way of the relationship to the surroundings?

    First image looks great though.

  • Miguel

    Very strange concept, as the old walls seem to work as a barrier!
    I supouse the owners of the house do not wan't to enjoy the view…

  • tanyatelford

    i have to say im always attracted to these type of resoration, rebuild/ conversion type of designs

  • tanyatelford

    actaully first saw this type of thing buit in Vencie, Italy, (inclusive of lovely court yard)

  • blah

    Love the idea, not the execution. The interior stands as a polar opposite to the ruins.