House on a Warehouse / Miguel Marcelino

House on a warehouse / miguel marcelino
© João Morgado

The briefing was to build a three-bedroom house on top of a warehouse built in the 80’s, where part of the roof was made with a flat slab and a small balcony, precisely with that idea of later building the house.

House on a warehouse / miguel marcelino
© João Morgado

Given the constraints of the existing warehouse, the house shape turns out to be automatically set: a box that rests on the existing structure. The rooms are placed to the east, the toilets to the west, as well as the kitchen, looking to a centennial olive tree.

House on a warehouse / miguel marcelino
© João Morgado
House on a warehouse / miguel marcelino
© João Morgado

The existing balcony will be maintained and “duplicated” as a shading element. The living room is placed south where its south/east corner is diagonally cut in a way that the balcony could enlarge and offer an outdoor area protected from the sun and rain, overlooking the valley.

Project Details:
Location: Chícharo, Torres Novas, Portugal
Gross Floor Area: 138 sqm
Site Area: 4.108 sqm
Client: Cândido Vieira
Architect: Miguel Marcelino
Photos: João Morgado

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