The area that is at the same level as the plateau defines the living space. It sets up “bridges” which extend living areas to the outside. A central body including the kitchen, bathroom services, storage and vertical access to the bedrooms defines the circulation system. The living room is in the void that this body creates.
The two “bulges” contain spaces for sleeping and are connected by a glazed volume. They have the character of watchtowers, and their openings frame fragments of what is largely a seascape. The glazed circulation space of the upper floor and the link from the kitchen to the exterior are of materials that contrast with the roughness of the rest of the house.
The rough skin over the exterior combines a bonding agent with the selected and sorted basalt particles and this makes it black. The chromatic uniformity is continued on the roof where volcanic ash is used.Inside the aim was always austerity, using very few materials. Most surfaces are flat and white, contrasting with the external skin and allowing light inside the house.
Location: Neves – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Architect: Paulo David + Luz Ramalho
Structure: Mário Rui
Electrical: Fernando Sousa Pereira
Plumbing: Marco Coelho
Photography: Leonardo Finotti