Snapshot: Portugal based architecture firm PROD Arquitectura decided that just one house for a family of four was not quite enough. House of Four Houses includes just that, a house that encompasses four separate houses to create a vista for all directions, completely capturing the surrounding scenery of northern Portugal.
Envisioning a vacation house for a family of four, Portugal based architects PROD Arquitectura decided to simply create an entire house within a house for each resident. Aptly named House of Four Houses, the home located in northern Portugal foreges four walls and a roof for a multifaceted, multipurpose structure that’s completely open to the surrounding environment.
From above, House of Four Houses is reminiscent of a pinwheel, with each house placed in a circular pattern amid a myriad of spring colors. Of course, the houses are connected by bridges, each one oriented around it in uniform fashion save for one that’s meant to reflect the direction of a neighboring building. Aside from creating a sense of unity, the core section also brings in bounds of natural light to the living area courtesy of a glass ceiling.
Sliding glass walls along the side of the house not only provide a scenic view of the land, but make it possible to turn a living room into a patio in an instant. Using bright colors both on the interior and exterior, PROD Arquitectura made full use of natural lighting to give the house an eye-grabbing glow, while subtly changing from various shades of sunlight and moonlight depending on the time of day. Crafted from local granite, pine board walls and a zinc roof, the materials give the house a sense of unity in its shades of silver that shine particularly brightly in the sun.
Built on a single foundation, House of Four Houses is indeed a single structure that casually bends our perception of how a house should look. Dividing bedrooms, bathrooms and a living area between different houses, PROD shows off a new way to create a spacious, vacation-worthy environment.