- Anke Nunheim
Portuguese architects ‘Frederico Valsassina Architectos’ created this house in Quinta Patino, Portugal. The design is based on one constant module, following the shape of a parallelepiped. Thereby they tried to visually extend the interior space to the outer space. These extensions allow open views to the surrounding natural terrain, taking advantage of the abundant vegetation and the irregularity of the rocks. The volume is apparently larger than it actually is, since the building passes into the outdoor spaces and vice versa. Especially at night it looks welcoming and warm, with its big windows and open areas glowing at night.