Project name: Casa “Pátios de Pétalas”
Architecture Office: Sandra Micaela Casinha Atelier
Main Architect: Sandra Micaela Casinha
Photography: Ivo Tavares Studio
Total area: 230.00 m2
Year of conclusion: 2023
Location: Gondomar, Porto, Portugal
“They say that flowers are all words that the earth says” Fernando PessoaLike a flower, the house “patios of petals” is fed and protected from the sun. It touches the floor simply,with a large “U” glazing. An internal curved structural wall that together with the heart of the house (the stairs),builds its interior.
Theflower petals embrace the entire upper floor. In its organicist movement , the openings,the patios appear. To reinforce their presence, we limit the use to three materials: White, which draws thepetals, aluminum and glass. Thus, the petals gain more expression, more “body”.
The lower floor, mostly a large U-shaped glass, is where the petals simply land. Here, too, we can see three”light” materials: glass, aluminum and wood, always with the same objective: to highlight the main actor: theorganicist whitevolume.
Inside the flower, as already mentioned, a wall with its curves and counter-curves organizes, createstransitions, directs… or not… to the different spaces that appear… Fluid, we connect from space to space, withvisually or physically… Afloor developed in an “open space” concept but with its own moments that give themautonomy and privacy…
Stairs define the heart of the home. And it is here that continuity is felt from one floor to another, from thesinuous, curved, structural wall.Threesuites lie ahead. Each one communicates with its patio that, with its rose petals, snuggle us.
In the decoration, you can feel the palette of pastel and “raw” colors used in architecture. Furniture thatenhances the tranquility of the place, casual comfort, natural materials, simplicity. For this we use textiles andneutral colors and from timeto time you can see pastel green on the chairs, which emphasize the color of thekitchen furniture and the wallpaper in the living room…A coffee table in bamboo highlights more the intentionof nature. always present…
Lamps in bamboo and wicker, vases inwicker and solid wood, with dried flowersand their fantastic colors from orange to lilac. Sometimes we use “old gold”. A sophisticated touch thatawakens us. This is the service bathroom… Washbasins in “crude” tones Contrast with the pendulum lampand themirror, both with the presence of “old gold”.
In the master suite, a four-poster bed, accompanied by two wooden bedside tables and two wicker lamps thatsimply await.The little girl’s room, a beautiful princess, has a cozy bed, a full-length mirror, and faces the large patio full oflight and soul.
This is how we can see the house “patios de petals”. Urban landscape inspired by the natural… artificialinterior experience inspired by the natural… and this is how emotion is created and expected to be filled withlaughter, dreams, joys and flowers… many flowers…