ArchDaily Save this picture!© Marcos Oliveira+ 15 Share Photographs CopyHouses, Renovation•Avintes, Portugal 2011 Projects Year: Architects: Gisela Silva Monteiro, Virtualbox Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/256079/house-in-avintes-gisela-silva-monteiro Clipboard Photographs: Marcos OliveiraText description provided by the architects. The House located in Vila de Avintes, from the early 20th Century, was found in an advanced state of degradation, having suffered multiple changes and unplanned additions along the times, threatening to erase its original character.Save this picture!© Marcos OliveiraPresented with this challenge, the selected approach was to reconnect the old with the new, finding a conducting line between both realities. The House original project was found and presented to the new family as the baseline for the new development.Save this picture!SectionThe programme was defined as such: one suite, three bedrooms, toilets, living and dining room, office, laundry, garage and attic. From the garden, play areas were established, alongside a small vegetable garden and a new leisure space.Save this picture!© Marcos OliveiraThe House main body was rebuilt through the usage of a rising concrete box set free in the rooftop, delivering unexpected openings to the outside. Six circular skylights were introduced creating organic light entries and mysterious moments.Save this picture!© Marcos OliveiraThe connection between the outside of the House and the garden was reinstated, with the main road also rebuilt.Save this picture!PlanThe outside tiles were recovered and kept, and a new outside thermal insulation was introduced under the roof, painted brown. Portuguese traditional materials, such as hydraulic mosaic, wood and plaster were extensively used. Save this picture!© Marcos OliveiraProject gallerySee allShow lessRaimund Abraham’s Final Work / Photographer Thomas MayerArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share House In Avintes / Gisela Silva Monteiro + VirtualboxSave this projectSaveHouse In Avintes / Gisela Silva Monteiro + Virtualbox Houses “COPY” House In Avintes / Gisela Silva Monteiro + Virtualbox ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/256079/house-in-avintes-gisela-silva-monteiro Clipboard “COPY” Portugal CopyAbout this officeGisela Silva MonteiroOfficeFollowVirtualboxOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationAvintesRefurbishmentHousesPortugalPublished on July 23, 2012Cite: “House In Avintes / Gisela Silva Monteiro + Virtualbox” 23 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.