E/C House by SAMI Arquitectos, concrete walls within dark basalt stone ruins

The new house is a two-storey concrete structure that hides within chunky walls of dark basalt stone. Terraces and decks are dotted around the perimeter, some behind the ageing outer structure and some extending beyond it.

 

© Paulo Catrica

© Paulo Catrica

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit SAMI Arquitectos’ E/C House, situated in Pico, an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Pico belongs to a group of volcanic islands far west of Portugal.

 

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Molhes do Douro, maritime public infrastructure by Carlos Prata Architect

The proposal finds the right balance between the necessary concrete structures and natural and urban landscapes.

 

Molhes do Douro Ⓒ João Ferrand

Molhes do Douro Ⓒ João Ferrand

 

Foz do Douro, an upscale neighborhood in Porto where the Douro meets the Atlantic, is the location of the dam built by the Portuguese Carlos Prata. The structure, besides containing the sea to ensure navigation on the river, supposes an opportunity to generate a public space that goes 600m into the sea. The concrete construction design is determined by the natural conditions of the site, combined with the urban context. The breakwater goes into the sea with a boardwalk, an indoor gallery to access to the lighthouse on stormy days, and a space designed to be a restaurant. (more…)