Correia Ragazzi Architectos designed the ‘Casa no Gerês’, a seemingly floating weekend retreat above the Cavado River in Portugal. The plot of 4.060 squaremeters is located in a protected natural area and has for conditions a concrete construction and the preservation of all trees. The constructive capacity was given by the existing ruin.
The project placement on the plot was essential given that the surroundings were the main reference for the construction. For the clients, the exceptional outlook one enjoys should be an element of the house; for the architects it should be an evident inside space value, but also, the opposite concern was relevant – the house could only act as a significant element on the landscape. Its final location on site, at right angles to the slop, seeks for a better relation with the plot and the platform where it ‘lays’, avoiding all trees and damage to the outside area. The weightless intervention enhanced by the overhanging part that shoots off the riverbank cliff maximizes the transparent appearance from the river reducing land occupancy.
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