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A minimalist refuge in harmony with its natural landscape in Central Portugal

minimalist home exterior

Discover the striking features of RCR House, an intimate refuge-like 4,300 square-foot villa designed by Vicente Gouveia of Visioarq Architecture & Planning in Central Portugal.

Sitting in its privileged location in Anadia, facing the natural landscape of Serra do Caramulo, RCR House stands as the distillation of a certain type of modernity, or at least, of the way in which the international style has been absorbed and reinterpreted in Portugal in the last decades.

minimalist home exterior

When approached during the daytime, the main façade offers a powerful impression of balanced volumes made of different textures and materials. However, upon entering, or at night, when the inner lighting dissolves the connections between the superimposed prisms, they surprisingly merge.

minimalist home exterior

The circulation area even features a linear staircase under a skylight, favored by a double-height ceiling and a visual relationship with the outside gardens.

minimalist home exterior

With its simple, yet effective use of a few key elements of unexpected architectural modernity – exposed concrete pergolas, excavated porches, lacquered aluminum slats, large sheets of black lacquered matt glass, and folding aluminum shutters – the house succeeds in diluting the transition between inside and outside by means of intermediate spaces with varying degrees of permeability and light exposure.

modern living room

In this clever game of incidental features, Panoramah! invisible frame sliding windows play a key role, seamlessly interweaving the house into a modern tradition that has been developing, almost unchangingly, since the heroic second post-war period: an architecture whose proven efficiency relies on a pragmatic gestural economy.

modern breakfast bar countertop

What We Love: This minimalist refuge in Central Portugal provides a fabulous indoor-outdoor living environment courtesy of the heavy use of glass throughout. Glass walls disappear to enhance this home by extending the living spaces and allowing the homeowners to enjoy the view of their outdoor spaces year-round. Overall, the project team did a fabulous job of creating a distinctive design that harmonizes seamlessly with the natural surroundings.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this home? Are there any details you would change? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the country of Portugal: A charming seaside cabin on the beach of Portugal and Casa no Banzão ll overlooking the mountains in Portugal.

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern dining room with walls of disappearing glass to the outdoors

modern living room

modern great room

minimalist home exterior

modern great room with glass walls that disappear for an indoor-outdoor connection

modern hallway leading to the staircase

modern reading nook

modern staircase

modern hallway with a wall of glass

modern bedroom with a custom wall wardrobe storage

modern bathroom

modern bathroom

modern hallway with a skylight

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior at dusk

minimalist home exterior at dusk

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior

minimalist home exterior with a covered patio and outdoor dining furniture

minimalist home exterior at dusk

minimalist home exterior at dusk

 PHOTOGRAPHER © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

minimalist home floor plan

minimalist home floor plan

minimalist home roof plan

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