New project. House in Castelo Melhor de Correia/Ragazzi



The Porto-based Italo-Portuguese studio Correia/Ragazzi, led by award-winning architects and also MArch speakers Graça Correia and Roberto Ragazzi, has recently completed a new project called House in Castelo Melhor.

It is a project that has sought to be extremely careful with the place in which it is located, taking into account a pre-existence executed in large blocks of granite and slate and first establishing visual relationships with the landscape that surrounds it. For this reason, the new construction rises above the ground to show respect for the place and the previous, and uses slate walls inspired by the pre-existing ones, sandwiched between two white concrete slabs that allow the project to be located in the current moment.

Text description provided by the architects. The characterisation of the surroundings is clearly filled with rural aspects, revealing a low construction density, where the buildings rarely have more than a floor and are confronted with a vast and extraordinary natural landscape.

The house to be constructed intends to establish a visual relation with the surrounding landscape, mainly the castle and the astonishing valleys planted with olive trees or almond trees. On the other hand, in the centre of this terrain there is a particular pre-existence with rather interesting characteristics, both for its patrimonial nature, and for the beauty and interest in safeguard, which is the threshing-floor in stone – granite and slate, in pieces of huge dimensions and a rather interesting design. The threshing-floor itself has 15m by 15m.

For this reason, the intention is to set the house on a slightly higher level than this one, releasing it physically from the threshing-floor so that it wouldn’t pervert it and so that it can use it as a resting place, as an outside terrace, as a well-defined platform, whereby the house is implanted according to its measures and close to it, but with some formal autonomy at the same time.

It was also extremely important in the decision of its implantation the fact that the set would guarantee the maintenance of the majority of the trees, leaving the house surrounded by vegetation as it is possible to see in the photos of the existing.

This house is composed by one floor with the main entrance practically in the threading of the terrain’s entrance, although there are several windows that allow the direct access to the exterior.

The materials used on the exterior are: shale’s masonry identical to the one existent on the site, covering all of the structural walls; the white concrete for the lower and upper slabs that are visible; the concrete will be coffered with wood boards without any finishing so that it can be printed on it the wood’s texture.


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