Spaces: C/Z House: SAMI arquitectos: Pico Island, Portugal

. Friday, January 27, 2012

In the midst of a picturesque island retreat, is this bold and graphic retreat by Inês Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieira of SAMI arquitectos. Tempering the starkness of the home's monochromatic backdrop is an impressive collection of iconic mid-century modernism in warm woods and organic forms. Works include classics by Yngve Ekström, Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto, and Arne Jacobsen.

This house aims to overlook the various views which can be seen from the highest point of the land.

Starting from a set of separate volumes and following the adaptation of the traditional architecture to the terrain, the resulting area between the four volumes was designed as a living space, the walls of which are a continuation of the exterior façades and where only glass separates the exterior from the interior space of the home.

Depending on the prevailing wind or the desired view, the house can open out on various landscapes and its connection and permeability with the exterior is total.

Photography is by Fernando Guerra, see the full feature at Dezeen.


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