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Exterior of Forte House by Pema Studio in Santo Tirso

Dezeen Debate features a "magnificent" fortress home in Portugal

The latest edition of our Dezeen Debate newsletter features a home in Portugal designed by architecture practice Pema Studio. Subscribe to Dezeen Debate now.

The studio converted a neglected structure into a blocky, white-rendered home in Santo Tirso, Portugal, which they described as "a dense and closed fortress". The home is set back from a retained facade and sits within existing stone perimeter walls on the site.

Some commenters were infatuated by the project with one describing it as "a simple place to live a great life". However others described the home as "cold and sterile".

Cooper Union Building
Postponement of Soviet-era exhibition is not about "censorship" says Cooper Union

Other stories in this week's newsletter include the postponement of an exhibition on the Soviet Bauhaus at New York's Cooper Union, the supreme court's judgement on the privacy battle between Tate Modern and Neo Bankside residents and a mixed-use complex clad in red concrete by Urlo Studio in Ecuador.

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