Twin Houses By Extrastudio

View all 20 Photos

A weekend house designed with open living spaces that embrace a coastal landscape.

Located in the Sesimbra fishing village only 30 km south of Lisbon, Portugal, Twin Houses has a creative design that celebrates its setting. The architecture firm extrastudio designed the two concrete dwellings for two sisters and their families as weekend and holiday dwellings where time passes more slowly. 600 meters from the sea, the sloping site extends from the nearby village to a castle. A pine forest and a road from the Roman era border the large plot of land. Both olive trees and fig shrubs grow alongside Aleppo pines and other local vegetation, surrounding the volumes.

The two houses have separate living spaces, but they also share common areas where the family can come together. One of the volumes has an open design. As it sits at a higher point, is also welcomes the expanse of the landscape in the interior. The other has a horizontal layout that aims to create a more intimate relationship with nature. A 6-meter deep structure of steel cables and wire surrounds the houses, seemingly floating in the air while providing support for vines, jasmine, and other climbing plants. To make the most of the legal restrictions for the floor area’s footprint, the studio designed courtyards and outdoor areas. A large outdoor space that overlooks the sea offers the inhabitants the perfect opportunity to admire the landscape while socializing with friends.

The exterior features ochre concrete walls colored specifically to reproduce the hues of the surrounding earth. Using a special technique, the team gave the concrete a smooth but also rough texture. The interior boasts a minimalist décor with natural, raw materials. Only the walls feature a paint finish. As they open completely, the windows, doors, and shutters open the rooms to the landscape. Outside, a concrete circular pool, bench, and a platform punctuate different areas of the site. The Twin Houses project was a finalist at the prestigious FAD Awards and has been shortlisted for the Bigmat International Awards 2019. Photographs© Fernando Guerra.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • The Shagwong Residence

    A weekend home designed with dark living spaces that maximize the vibrancy of a natural…

  • Casa en El Torón

    A contemporary house built in a nature reserve in Mexico. Built with great respect for…

  • Casa P

    A villa from the 1980s refurbished with modern living spaces and sand-textured concrete walls. Located…

  • Hale Mau’u

    A vacation house built in a tranquil natural landscape in Hawaii. Located on Hawaii’s Big…

  • The MV Chalet

    An old mountain chalet redesigned with new interiors and subtle extensions. Located in Madesimo, in…

  • Casa Octavia

    A minimalist boutique hotel that embodies the values of fashion brand Casa Octavia. Created in…

  • House in Puertecillo

    A contemporary wood house nestled between a forest and the sea in Chile. Built in…

  • Barwon Heads House

    A run-down cottage transformed into a gorgeous modern home. Located in Barwon Heads, Australia, this…

  • Forest House

    A steel and wood house nestled in a forest near Lake Tahoe. Located in Truckee,…

  • Villa RA

    A minimalist house nestled in a coastal landscape in Calabria, Italy. Designed by Italy and…

  • Divine House

    A wooden house designed with black cladding and white oak surfaces throughout the interior. Inspired…

Take me there

  • The Casona Sforza Hotel

    A new boutique hotel inspired by tradition, harmonious reflection, and nature. Designed by Mexican architect…

  • The Kiro Hiroshima Hotel

    A former hospital transformed into a modern hotel. Located in the center of Hiroshima, Japan,…

  • Numeroventi

    An art residency program in the center of Florence. Founded by Martino di Napoli Rampolla…

loader