2020 longlists

Rural House in Portugal
by Henrique Barros-Gomes Architects

Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Henrique Barros-Gomes Architects has overhauled an ancient community oven into a comfortable single-bedroom holiday home in Portugal.

An austere and traditional exterior, materialised in rough granite, blends gently with the surrounding constructions, but contrasts with a clearly contemporary interior, delicately shaped into a cosy, warm and comfortable space, with a surprising luminosity.

The main focal element of the intervention is the customised stair-bench-table-fireplace, that sets all the rules for the project.

Light input, carefully controlled through zenithal openings, produces dramatic effects on the bush-hammered stone and on the wooden elements that proliferate in the house, changing its ambience throughout the day.

The walled patio includes a shed and a small garden, some trees and a stone-lined pond.


This project has been longlisted in the residential rebirth project category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Architect: Henrique Barros-Gomes Architects
Project: Rural House in Portugal

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