Private House by Rui Grazina

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Private House by Rui Grazina

A long stairway and ramp extend from a private house in Barcelos, Portugal.

Private House by Rui Grazina

The building slots into the landscape with two main floor levels that line up with the sloping ground outside.

Private House by Rui Grazina

The plot for the building is located on a green, protected space with access to a main road.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Design for this private house by architect Rui Grazina was governed by topography and framing key views from the site.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Here's some more text from Rui Grazina:


Project by Rui Grazina for a private house in Cambeses, Barcelos, Portugal.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Construction started in November 2008, and was finished in 2011.

Private House by Rui Grazina

The plot has an area of 3300 sqm, part of which located in a green protection area. The house has 300 sqm of total area, and a gross building area of 290 sqm.

Private House by Rui Grazina

The house footprint is designed based on the articulation between the existing alignments and the new proposed access road, which enables both car and foot access.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Given the context, our objective was to turn the living spaces to east, considering this is where the most interesting visual points are, and to make rooms face south due to the quality of sun exposure, privacy and relationship with the existing topography.

Private House by Rui Grazina

On this side of the building the existing ground level is higher, enabling a connection and continuity between interior and exterior.

Private House by Rui Grazina

On the overall, we can say that the social areas are at ground level, and the private areas on the upper level.

Private House by Rui Grazina

About Rui Grazina

He was born in Maputo, Mozambique. Rui Grazina designs his architecture, products and furniture from his studio in Porto.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Since 2002 he has produced a range of furniture and products exhibited at, namely, 100% Design, in London, FAD, in Barcelona, and Remade in Portugal, in Lisbon.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Jewellery box RG02 won the design competition for the Berardo Modern Art Museum Design Shop, in Lisbon.

Private House by Rui Grazina

In 2010 Rui presented his work at Rio de Janeiro Design Week, and launched his new product RG05 in December. He  exhibited at Talents Ambiente, Frankfurt, in February 2011.

Private House by Rui Grazina

His pieces have been sold worldwide.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Prior to 2002 Rui worked as an architect on a wide range of projects in London and Porto.  He completed his education at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto.

Private House by Rui Grazina

Private House by Rui Grazina

Axonometric view

  • edward

    Uber clean design but maybe TOO clean and intimidating. Also odd place for the stairway.

  • http://kopaguld.com/ Mike

    See the air-conditioning unit on the wall in the kitchen? Why can't the Euros make real ventilation systems?

  • http://kopaguld.com/ Mike

    ..p.s. otherwise the house is A W E S O M E !

  • http://www.england-furniture-care.com/ England Furniture

    What a fascinating example of Rui's work. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

  • xtiaan

    really nice design

    What Id really like to see however is someone wander round this place with a handy cam on a wet monday morning after a weekend of brutal partying.

    All these composed shots from powerful angles are the post-build equivalent of all the utopian pre-build, uber slick renderings we are always presented with.

    Its like seeing a model sans stylist and makeup, is she a natural beauty or does she just photograph well under a contrived set of circumstances?