Inspiration: Casa no Gerês

Inspiration: Casa no Gerês

Monika Gromek
Mar 30, 2009
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Casa no Gerês has been featured quite a bit on architectural sites and magazines. It has also received multiple awards in recognition of its innovative design by Correia/Ragazzi Aquitectos. The design of the house left many unanswered questions after we saw it the first time. The concrete structure seems very stark and cold. Also the position of the house appears unstable and arbitrary with one end against the hill behind it and the other end hanging over the hill, towards the river. The uneasy feeling that at any moment it will tip over and fall into the water below is hard to ignore.

The owners, Micé and Eduardo Pinto Ferreira, specifically asked for a house with a minimal impact on its surroundings, as it is located in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the oldest protected area in Portugal. No trees were cut down during the construction of the house. Also the specific site didn't allow for a footprint of the house to be larger than 60 square-meters. Its ingenious design, with a third of its length hanging over the hill, allowed for some flexibility in the actual square footage of the living area. It also brings the house closer to water and immerses the occupants in its beautiful surroundings. These amazing aspects of the structure remind us of Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.

For more detail review of the house check out the Cool Hunter website.

Photos: The Cool Hunter

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