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Corpo Atelier features in the respected magazine Architecture

We are excited that one of the Pure Portugal architecture services, Corpo Atelier, have been featured in Architecture. The project in the publication shows the renovation of a small stone house, refurbished on a low budget. Congratulations Filipe from the Pure Portugal team. Details below:


Tipology: Refurbishment of a single house
Location: Sernancelhe, Portugal
Date: 2014
Architecture: Corpo Atelier (
Design Team: Filipe Paixão
Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves (
Awards: Shortlisted for the “Portuguese Wood Architecture Award”



“The vertical pillar extends to the far heavens.
The horizontal beam extends to somewhere unknown.
People dwell where the vertical and the horizontal intersect,
awed by trees, fearing beasts and groping for their coordinates.”  Shuntaro Tanikawa

Four thick stone walls are the remaining elements of an ancient rural house. Like a box open to the sky, these walls enclose a volume that is no longer divided in two levels, but presents its real volumetric potential. A traditional pitched roof is placed to cover the top of the home. Inside, the wood structure that supports it is expanded vertically, allowing the house in thrive in all its dimension, both dividing and given the space hierarchy. The habitable areas then occupy the spaces which are clearly defined by the geometry of wood pillars and beams. Private spaces that require enclosure and intimacy – such as bedrooms and bathrooms – take place in three independent volumes embedded in the structure, hanging from the roof. The social areas occur at the ground floor, organised around the pillars, emphasising a sense of functional and visual continuity. For plan: AXONOMETRIA


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