Portuguese architecture practice entitled Aires Mateus successfully transformed an old abandoned building in the historic center of Alcobaça, Portugal. The establishment enjoys views over the river Baça; the spectacular results are all pure-white over three floors that extend with lateral structures on the first level to clad a concealed-walled garden bathing in white.
The access is done through the middle floor from which a staircase leads upwards and downwards. A secondary entrance invites the inhabitants in the garden directly from the living room, further emphasizing the feeling of space.
The first level nestles three bedrooms, all with a small patio; the first level also includes living spaces, a kitchen and a dinning room.
The first floor shelters a guest room while on the last floor the architecture practice has positioned a library. Light portals pierce the shell of the old building to invite natural light in; a challenge that defined the project from the first sketch.
White all around was an answer, Aires Mateus built the courtyards as light wells whilst providing a contemporary, clean building that appears modern in an historic layout.
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