Fala - House in Rua do Paraíso, Porto 2017. Photos © Ricardo Loureiro.
A bourgeois 19th century single family house was to be divided into a series of identical studio apartments: four living spaces, some circulation areas and a private backyard. The project happens within a given system of constraints, aiming at an unexpected complexity, finding a certain interest within a very banal set of programs. Unorthodox everyday spaces are built according to a clearly defined syntax and grammar. The four living rooms are different from each other while sharing the same language, the same set of figures. A defined number of elements - morphemes - within which the project operates: the stepped wall, the curve, two doors (one pink and one green), the striped surface of the floor. The living area becomes a gallery space. The front facade is almost unchanged. The shabby tiles are replaced by polished
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Between the private area and social area are the kitchen, toilet, and technical area. The L-shaped volumetric arrangement allows the separation of the exterior areas, arranging them according to the degree of privacy desired around the house. The least private area of the home is dedicated to parking. To the south, and visually protected by the volume of the sleeping area, there is the outdoor terrace with the pool. One of the more striking elements of the architecture is the long longitudinal tear on the North facade, which produces abundant natural illumination
<a href="https://design-milk.com/house-santarem-vasco-cabral-sofia-saraiva/houseinsantarem_saraiva_13/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/houseinsantarem_saraiva_13-810x541.jpg" alt="House in Santarém by Vasco Cabral + Sofia Saraiva" /></a> House in Santarém is a minimal weekend retreat located in Santarém, Portugal, designed by Vasco Cabral + Sofia Saraiva. The home consists of three functional areas that are clearly delineated, and include the social area, service area, and private area. The latter, which has a longer body with East-West orientation, acts as a barrier to the street that passes north.
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Two pared down overlapping wood rings – each marked with a single dash, representing the hour and minute – traditional clock hands, numerical indicators, and even a center are nowhere to be found. Instead, the donut-upon-donut Orbita wall clock revolves with barely perceptible speed with every passing minute, a sculptural presence rather than a glaring time keeping one. At its core, it’s a design relying upon our learned ability to remember the positions of every minute and hour, a competency arguably earned over a lifetime of wondering, “Is it time to go home yet?” or
<a href="https://design-milk.com/orbita-clocks-revolutionary-movement/orbita-clock-01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Orbita-clock-01-810x863.jpg" alt="The Orbita Clock’s “Revolutionary” Movement" /></a> The name may evoke the movement of planetary bodies, yet the <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/61187357/ORBITA-clock" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Orbita</a> clock is a refreshingly organic 2-piece design very much reflective of terra firma – a wooden wall clock concept designed by Portuguese designer, 2Ø3 (Two O Three) forgoing traditional identifying time telling identifiers for a minimalist system demarcated without a single numeral.
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