Cork Trees House designed by TRAMA arquitetos is a project that stands out for its harmonious design and centrality of details of the space in which it is located. It is a 450-square-metre house for a young family and has a panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valleys. The house aims to integrate the exterior environment with the interior, merge these spaces, but without neglecting functionality. So, concrete, stone, wood and Corten steel are the main materials for this 3.5-metre-high house. As it believed these would be most compatible with the landscape. The house located in the northern city of Braga, in Portugal where famous for its rich heritage and its surroundings.

Cork Trees House was designed to enjoy the best sun exposure and also the open views over the mountains and valleys of the region. With the idea that the floor of the house should be in line with the canopy of cork trees, as if it were a garden that floats on the horizon. Therefore, the house offers functional single-floor plan, occupy almost the entire width of the plot. From outside, Cork Trees House like a beautiful flat raw concrete house which floats over the horizon. Once inside, the interior merges the exterior, creating a unique ambience. It offers a luxurious living spaces with large open living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Also, the outdoor living spaces with patiopool, garden bring the high end amenities for the house. Surely, Cork Trees House is a delightful house and a truly dream house in Portugal.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
The house was built on the top of a steep slope. It creates a stunning view over this centenary little forest.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
The living room has floor-to-ceiling windows.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Also, an infinity pool sits at the back of the house.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
For the exterior, the choice basically was raw concrete, travertine marble, corten steel, schist rock and ruivina. Thus, it makes the house prominent, steady and perfectly match the landscape.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
The small pools divide the two volumes. The architect used raw concrete as a base that would match all the additional materials and added the marble for a touch of sophistication.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
The social areas and private areas are connected by a hallway. The house is divided into two parts by a series of small pools. These separate the volume that holds the social spaces. It includes a large open-plan living room and kitchen and one guest bedroom, from the more private spaces in the house’s other half. Also, this part of the building has three bedrooms, as well as a lounge and a larger bathroom.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Clearly, the home has a simple entrance.
Solar panels provide power and a stove helps heat the house. Inside, the use of stone continues throughout the house, combined with wooden panelling to create an organic feel. Also, large floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the swimming pool and the smaller pools between the two volumes. Besides, a wooden stove in the living room helps to heat the house.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Without a doubt, the wooden panelling decorates the living room. Cork Trees House includes renewable energy systems as well as water reuse and energy efficiency to reduce its environmental impact.
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon
Cork Trees House by Trama Arquitetos, a Raw concrete floats over Horizon

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Text by the Architects: We were approached by a young family, who has a close relationship with architecture, to develop a project that materialized the DNA of Trama Arquitetos. Furthermore, in addition to a harmonious design, the project should focus on the space details. The intention was to surprise, to integrate the exterior surroundings with the interior environment, to merge spaces and create sensations, without discouraging functionality.

Photo credit: João Morgado| Source: TRAMA Arquitetos

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: R. dos Castanheiros 6, Aveleda, Portugal
– Tel: +351 253 096 718
– Email: [email protected]

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