architecture in portugal

While often inspired by universal concepts, contemporary architecture is significantly more influenced by local context. Modern architecture in Portugal is no exception. Whether subtle or pronounced, regional influences and vernacular architecture leave their mark on these contemporary dwellings, marking them as distinctly independent from even similar international designs. From modern architecture in Lisbon to houses in the countryside or contemporary beach houses, the architectural projects included on this page are created by the country’s most talented architects and designers.

In small villages or in the middle of nature, modern architecture in Portugal takes its place alongside traditional houses or in idyllic settings. These dwellings may draw inspiration from agricultural buildings or they may mirror the wild landscape that surrounds them. Natural stone and solid wood are frequently used to create contemporary volumes, but architects also use bold colors, concrete, and rusted steel to bring architectural gems to life. Some houses blend into the landscape with natural colors. Others stand proudly with vibrant facades, becoming landmarks in secluded, monotone landscapes. However, inside their living spaces, these houses bring hints of tradition and modern living together, either in obvious or in more subtle ways.

Modern architecture in Lisbon often celebrates the past and the city’s heritage. In Portugal’s capital, buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, previously left abandoned, now get a new lease at life. Architects transform old, forgotten structures into contemporary spaces that pay homage to history. Carefully restored original features appear alongside designer furniture. Rough natural stone walls get a coat of white paint that still lets the textures of the material to shine through, while arched doorways lead to open terraces that offer striking views of Lisbon.

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    A house with three volumes arranged to follow the slope of a site with gorgeous…

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    A concrete extension built alongside an old granite farmhouse. Located Guarda, Portugal, in an area…

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    A refurbished and thoughtfully redesigned residential property in Portugal. Located in Cartaxo, Portugal, this residential…

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    A creatively designed studio space in Portugal. Based in Cascais, Portugal, artist, ceramicist and jeweler…

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    A creatively designed family home in Porto. Designed by Porto-based studio FAHR 021.3, the Bouça…

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    A farmhouse from the 19th century transformed into a modern retreat. Set in the Estiramantens…

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    Earthy rectangular volumes nestled in an arid landscape in Portugal. Built in Alentejo, Portugal, House…

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    A traditional house from the 18th century transformed into a modern dwelling. Dating back to…

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    A contemporary concrete house designed with three circular patios. Located in Aroeira, just south of…

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    An elegantly renovated restaurant in Lisbon. Located in Largo de Santos, in Lisbon, Portugal, the…

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    The archetypal house silhouette, translated in a contemporary design language. Built in the tranquil Arrifana…

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