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The Cascais House, Brazilian architecture in Portugal

The Cascais House, Portugal

It’s amazing that it took so long to design our first house for Portugal – having our roots in Spain and Brazil!
But we’re happy to present the Cascais house, a house with 435m2 of internal space and 5-7 bedrooms on a super-large plot near Guincho Beach, Cascais.

Our Finnish client – and design lover – wanted a minimalist look and, after we introduced him to the warm, tropical minimalist style of Brazilian architects, he decided to go for this particular, more “humanized” type of minimalism.

The façade consists of nothing but two endless lines – over 30m long – and a series of screens in Brazilian hardwood, that keep out the heat of the western sun on hot summer afternoons (but lets it come in in winter.)

The living room – with 140m2 in open-plan – combines cozy corners, like the dining/kitchen area and the TV lounge, with a double-height ceiling over the main sitting area.

On top of this, the master bedroom features a long walk-in wardrobe – cleverly using the space that would otherwise be used for a corridor; a bathroom-with-a-view (connecting to an outdoor shower!) as well as terraces with a daybed that also allow for the occasional night under the stars.

A hidden staircase hides the other 6 suites – each 20-25m2 – which are configured in such a way that they can be locked off of and rented out, should the owner ever to leave his favorite spot near Guincho beach.

A protruding terrace sticks out on the north side, protecting part of the garden from the sometimes harsh northern winds.

For the execution, Modern Villas is collaborating with local architects of record architectyourhome.pt as well as their own interior designers in Brazil.

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