Located on a steep slope next to a stream in Caniçada Valley, Portugal, the Geres House by Braga-based studio Carvalho Araújo replaces a previous home which was demolished due to risk of landslides. The new construction takes advantage of the hillside setting by providing access from the upper level ensuring sweeping views of the landscape while integrating the steams’ meandering paths using concrete pathways to guide the water towards a small lake at the bottom of the slope.
The new construction is not looking for a conventional program, but rather large, functional and multipurpose spaces, where pleasure and work are mixed. The social space of the house assumes special relevance, materialized in a large central living room which extends to the outside through a large terrace. The kitchen and services are arranged on the same floor of the living room and the most intimate program comes at a second level, relating with the first one in the form of a mezzanine.