Adam Richards Architects projected the restoration and conversion of a traditional stone Quinta located in the mountains of southern Portugal. To meet the client’s needs, the home restoration project involves the radical re-ordering of the building’s internal spaces. The house has been comprehensively rebuild and extended, with exterior stonework sensitively restored, and married to a dramatic contemporary design that opens it up to the light an the landscape.
Two narrow strips forming a cross in plan, containing functional elements such as stairs and kitchen equipment, overlap each other across three storeys within the stone box of the main house. These define different sized spaces that contain the principal activities, for living, dining, cooking and reading.