House Two is a minimal residence located in Olhão, Portugal, designed by Atelier RUA. The project is located in an old warehouse, within a block in the historic center of Olhão. With a strong Islamic influence, a fishing town presents an irregular and organic network of narrow roads and overlapping constructions, of recognized volumetry (cubist). The existing building with two floors, high ceilings, vaulted ceilings, and roof terrace fits into popular architecture typology, which is intended to preserve, enhance, and readapt. On the ground floor, with a total area of 90m2, are the social areas of the house – kitchen and living room in open space, served by a new patio that appears with the demolition of a vaulted ceiling.

The interior-exterior connection is made through the two pre-existing arches, whose dimension transfers a sense of continuity between them to the spaces. The patio is part of a set of outdoor spaces, one per floor, where the intention is to recreate the memory of the social and leisure experience of the traditional Algarve house. On the upper floor, are the two bedrooms, en suite, where the original high ceilings are lowered to improve the comfort level of the compartments. The remaining space of these ceilings is used to incorporate infrastructural equipment.

Photography by Francisco Nogueira

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