Tuesday, March 8, 2011
This is such an awesome project from architect José Cadilhe for dIONSO LAB in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal. I saw a photo of the building on FFFFound and immediately had to know more. The article accompanying the image furthered my curiosity as it dispelled more information about the space. Póvoa de Varzim is a city with strong cultural ties to the the fishing and the sea. The house acts as an homage to that community. The symbols cut from the aluminum shutters are actually a proto-writing system that has been used and evolved over generations within the community to identify and denote ownership of personal and fishing items. The house is a living monument to the those who have lived in the city and those who continue to do so. I always think about homes being an outward reflection of those who inhabit them, it's really interesting to approach a home as accolade to the neighborhood in which it exists. It must be really profound and inspiring to be a member of that community and walk past House 77 each day.
Beyond it's social context, I think it would be quite nice to actually take up residence in the the house, as it is so open, fluid and inviting.
Photos by Fernando Guerra