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The Portuguese agency Paulo Merlini Architects has renovated three houses, and created a large family building: the Casa Rio. Visit.

During the renovation of an old farmhouse, the architects discovered that it consisted of three small houses. Intrigued by the history of the place, they chose to reveal this atypical arrangement, and made it the common thread of the project.

To renovate the old farmhouse and transform it into a contemporary family home, the architects have chosen to keep the original volumes while assuming their originality. In order to unify the three houses, they organized them around a central patio. Located on the ground floor, and thus bathed in light, the living rooms are warm, comfortable and open to the outside, while the private spaces are installed on the first floor, at the level of the hanging garden, for more privacy.

On the interior side, the idea was to create games of contrasts between the two levels of Casa Rio by working with the material. On the ground floor, a raw materiality gives the impression of living outside. Contrary to this aesthetic, the upper floor is characterized by large, uncluttered white volumes that reveal the original structure of the farmhouse, and therefore its history. On this floor, the high straight legs, shutters and wooden floors are elements taken from the traditional Portuguese architectural vocabulary.

To learn more, visit Paulo Merlini Architects website.

Visuals: © Ivo Tavares Studio

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