Portugal   |  2021

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

Papagaio Verde House

Entrant Company

António Fernandez Architects

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

Sub-Category

Residential

The Papagaio Verde House was born from a dream. A dream that stretched over the city of Funchal, from above, across the immensity of the sea, crossing avenues, city lights, wrapped in the heavenly tranquillity of the hillside. The terrain was steep, and the first challenge was to accommodate the programme. A luxury dwelling, simple, spacious, crystalline, and bold. A house that retracts and hides for those who access it, but which opens completely, like a belvedere to the landscape, which is offered to it on the opposite side. Like a piece of volcanic rock, reddish brown, with forming hollows, the house has emerged and opened, creating its crevices, covered by glass that reflects the sky. And the dense block of rock became crystallised at that precise point, allowing the creation of life and contemplation inside. The constraints of the terrain led to its implantation and functional distribution. The three-storey house has only one floor above the ground and it is adapted to the steep terrain on the lower floors, gaining amplitude. The access platform leads to the garage, from which the lower patio can be glimpsed, and which lights up the large living room on the floor -1. A bridge leads to the entrance to the house, which opens through the wooden cross lath on level 1. The bedrooms are on this floor. The suite is a large crystal cube that towers above the glass façade. A cube that defies gravity, with a mirror on the lower part that reflects the image of whoever looks at it from below. Finally, connecting the three floors is the lift, which, in a towering volume torn by horizontal glass, mysteriously allows connection to the chill-out on the roof terrace. It is here, in this open space, that you can calmly stay at the end of the day, contemplating the cosy arrival of night, which slowly involves the island and transforms the immense sea landscape into the black space that frames the moon.

Credits

Architect
António Fernandez
Architect
Ema Rosmaninho
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