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Torreira House by Nuno Silva

By Holly von Huene


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Portuguese architect Nuno Silva has designed the Torreira House.

Completed in 2011, this 3,014 square foot contemporary home is located in Torreira, Portugal.

Torreira House by Nuno Silva:

“site characterisation

The building sit is characterized by its rectangular shape and with east-west orientation, flat until half of the land and there after acquiring a steep slope. The house is inserted in a parcel which determines the rules and the implementation to be adopted.


Due to land conditionants and due to constructions rules, the first idea was to occupy the area for construction till their limits. Volumetrically, the house detains two levels in the main volume and one level in the garage zone. The regulation for this parcel imposes the obligation for a house with a ridge roof and the use of ceramic tiles.
The elevation openings were studied in order to establish a direct connection to the interior functions, resulting in “mismatched” openings.

Utilisation program

The house detains two levels with a T3+1 typology.
The interior spacial distribution is characterized by the radical separation of the function by floors. The social /service parts of the house is located in the ground floor and is composed by the entrance hall, toilets, kitchen, living and dinning room, garage, office and the vertical access to the 1st floor (stairs).
The first floor, the private part of the house, is composed by the rooms (three) and the respective toilets.
In the ground-floor, in the back of the house it was build a platform for the connection of the interior and the exterior, ensuring the access to the end of the lot.”

Photos by: Ivo Tavares

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About Holly von Huene

Holly is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She has written for HomeDSGN for more than 3 years and contributed architecture, interior design and lifestyle content for a number of other publications, including DesignBoom, Apartment Therapy and ArchDaily. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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