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Architect Filipe Saraiva’s Family Home In Ourém

Situated on a plot of sloping farmland overlooking the Castle of Ourém, this modern, geometric residence is designed by Portuguese architect Filipe Saraiva as his own family home.

The Ourém residence is inspired by the classic image of a house as drawn by a child, with balanced proportions and a simple gable roof. Saraiva has stretched this form across the main volume, which is finished with a wooden pergola area at the front of the property. The exterior is encased in black concrete, which presents a “smooth integration in harmony with the landscape.” Within the home, a distinct contrast to this palette can be found in the form of white painted walls, punctuated by a dark wood kitchen island and a curated assortment of black furnishings. The interior offers an open plan layout, and a double height kitchen and dining area is overlooked by an upstairs office, creating a character of versatility in the home as a base for work and play. Regarding this multipurpose approach to the architecture of his home, Saraiva explains: “The project consists of a house of me, for me and my family and intends to meet our functional needs, but also to satisfy a range of architectural requirements that are part of my formal and spatial imaginary, resulting from my individual and family experience.”

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