House over Warehouse
by Miguel Marcelino

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This house by Portuguese architect Miguel Marcelino rests on top of an old warehouse in Torres Novas, central Portugal (+ slideshow).

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Miguel Marcelino extended the existing building upwards to create the single-storey residence, which overlooks a valley planted with olive groves.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

The warehouse was first built in the 1980s and was originally planned as a two-storey structure, although it has taken 30 years for the second phase of construction to take place.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Marcelino used brickwork for the exterior of the extension, then added white paint to unite the two floors.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

A protruding concrete slab divides the two storeys and creates a balcony around two sides of the building, while a similar-sized roof slab forms a canopy overhead.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

A bridge with a steel balustrade leads to the house's entrance from the adjacent hillside and is positioned alongside a large olive tree.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

The entrance hall opens out into a living and dining area, featuring a sliced-off south-east corner that increases the size of the surrounding balcony.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Three bedrooms are positioned along the east side of the house, while the kitchen and bathroom sit on the opposite side.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Concrete walls and ceilings are exposed in each room and timber panels covers the floor.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Photography is by Joao Morgado.

Here's a short description from the architects:


House on a Warehouse

The briefing was to build a three-bedroom house on top of a warehouse built in the 80's, where part of the roof was made with a flat slab and a small balcony, precisely with that idea of later building the house.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Given the constraints of the existing warehouse, the house shape turns out to be automatically set: a box that rests on the existing structure.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

The rooms are placed to the east, the toilets to the west, as well as the kitchen, looking to a centennial olive tree.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

The existing balcony will be maintained and "duplicated" as a shading element.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

The living room is placed south where its south/east corner is diagonally cut in a way that the balcony could enlarge and offer an outdoor area protected from the sun and rain, overlooking the valley.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino

Miguel Marcelino has completed another recent project also in Portugal - a rural family house with red concrete walls and three separate terraces.

House on a Warehouse by Miguel Marcelino
Floor plan - click for larger image
  • MCL

    Extremely ordinary.