House on a Warehouse; Creative, More Creative

Creating something from scratch requires creativity and innovation. Building upon the existing building requires more creativity and innovation a greater understanding of innovation greater than .. Existing structures limits the imagination, limits what can be done …


Like building 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.


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. 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.


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Architecture: Miguel Marcelino

Structural Engineering: 560Eng (João Esteves)

Plumbing Engineering: 560Eng (José Rodrigues)

General Contractor: João Felício

Gross Floor Area: 138m2

Gross Volume: 437m3

Building Footprint: 114m2

Site Area: 4.108m2

Energy Efficiency Class: A

Location: Chícharo, Torres Novas, Portugal

Client: Cândido Vieira

Photographs: João Morgado

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