Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

A Modern Portuguese Farmhouse Features Four Separate Wings


PROD Architecture + Design struck a balance between traditional and modern with its latest project.

Conflicting desires are a hallmark of many architectural projects, and it’s often what makes them interesting. PROD Architecture + Design’s clients wanted a farmhouse in Penafiel, Portugal, that blended in with the region’s more traditional homes but also had modern, floor-to-ceiling windows that responded to the environment. “The balance between these two conditions was the problem we proposed to solve,” architect Paulo Lago de Carvalho explains. “That's when fragmentation became clear as the right strategy.”

Four distinct structures make up the house.
The architect chose granite for the house’s base, zinc for its roof, and Scandinavian pinewood for cladding—all...
The main entrance is on the house’s south side.
The connecting area between the four houses has an open joisted pine ceiling that offers a masterful transition between...
In the living room, a central hanging fireplace offers warmth and ambience without blocking the view to the valley...
The bedrooms are located on the more sheltered east side.
The bathrooms are lined in luxurious Estremoz marble.
Seen from a distance, the farmhouse has a time-honored quality, though it’s still clearly a product of the 21st century.
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