Casa Namora by David Bilo

Casa Namora is a up to date home positioned in Guarda, Portugal, designed in 2022 by David Bilo.

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Located in a pure shelter of a valley on the foot of the Serra da Estrela, near the parish of Gonçalo, in a spot additionally recognized regionally by the identify of Mora, this agricultural property has roughly 18ha of space, and is surrounded by a dense pine tree forest.

The property has been nicely preserved through the years due to its agricultural actions. At its middle stands a modest pre-existence of granite constructed within the mid-twentieth century, from the place the brand new venture began. So as to not disrupt the farm actions, we determined to separate the previous from the brand new when designing the home. The ultimate consequence, with the extension of the prevailing home, resulted from a compromise between the proprietor’s needs and the prevailing options and morphology of the land, characterised by the existence of a number of terraces.

In a pure means, two new volumes of concrete have been created and implanted in an present terrace, carefully linked to the granite pre-existence, permitting for pure and fluid improvement of the native farm.

The identify NaMora has a double which means in Portuguese. It refers back to the location of the venture, the place “Na Mora” would translate into “In Mora” (Mora being the place the place the property lies), however “namora” in Portuguese means actually “flirt” or “date”. Thus, in a spot named Mora, the Home NaMora was born, the place the concrete volumes forming the brand new a part of the home formally “flirt” with the prevailing granite physique, in whole concord with the prevailing environment.

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The venture was clearly divided into two distinct but complementary parts: the storage, technical space, useful sanitary installations, and kitchen are positioned within the pre-existence and totally devoted to the farm’s actions, whereas the lounge, bedrooms, suite, and out of doors leisure house are a part of the brand new part of the home.

Inside, we sought the neutrality given by the simplicity and purity of the supplies and by the phantasm of the absence of element. The thought of interiority interprets into openings in the direction of landscapes, frames, and courtyards strategically positioned.

The size of the intervention and the pure id of the location was all the time considered when selecting the development strategy and supplies: stone, concrete, metal, and wooden. Inside, the white and the consolation of the wooden stability with the uncooked and austere presence of the concrete. Outdoors, stone and concrete are carved in the identical means, in a reinterpretation of the vernacular structure of this area.

In reminiscence of Mr. António da Costa Gonçalves.

Images by Ivo Tavares

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