House Touguinhó III
Designed by Raulino Silva Architect
A minimalist residence located in Vila do Conde, Portugal has been designed by Raulino Silva Architect. The House Touguinhó III was originally a planting field with nothing but other than some granite walls, a stone pit and some fruit tree and bushes. To keep the identity of the location and environment around the site the walls were recovered and the trees, bushes and stone pit were kept in their original place. The home is built on a slope that falls about 5 metres down from the street. This defined the direction and structure of the home to some degree with the number of floors and that each floor would have direct access to the garden.
The bottom or lower floor is where you can find the car porch which can double as a great entertainment area for outside parties which require some cover. From here you can find the access to the laundry, a downstairs toilet and storage room and the technical area and atrium which leads you to the upper floor via the stairs. Three bedrooms occupy the upper floors, the main bedroom has been complemented with a dressing room and private bathroom with the other two bedrooms sharing their own bathroom. On the west side of the home, you can find the office, kitchen and living room which can extend to the outside through an area of decking which leads towards the swimming pool. The east side of the residence is home to a corridor of bookshelves.
The home has been finished beautifully with the lower floor including the walls, flooring of the toilet and the laundry covered in stunning white marble panels. The contrasting exterior concrete flooring has been finished in a black concrete which works really well with the shale gravel that bordered the vegetation areas. The entire home has been decked out in solid pine flooring that has been emphasised by the lacquered wood.
Photography by João Morgado.