A rather dated looking suburban Portuguese villa was recently transformed by Ernesto Pereira (3r-arq) into this cutting-edge dwelling. The renovation of Silverwood House is defined by its crisp white rendering and its extensive use of intricately diagonal timber cladding both inside and out.
The former house is barely recognisable when compared to its current state, and the persona of the dwelling has changed to that of a luxurious modern villa. Ridged terracotta roof tiles have been replaced with clean lines, and unnecessary protrusions such as the porch swapped for negative space.
Many of the outdoor surfaces are finished with diagonally aligned timber cladding, including the decking, balcony, alcoves, and even the swimming pool’s stepping platforms. The diagonal theme is also to be found with the interior floors and was even painstakingly continued on the staircase.
I decided to bring the beach to my clients so that they could feel, every day, the proximity of the dunes, sand and untreated wood.Ernesto Pereira
Ernesto Pereira at 3r-arq was tasked to renovate the pre-existing traditional house with a budget of just €100,000 and the final result certainly seems to be worth this sum. Admittedly the type of thin-strip timber cladding used throughout the design is a very cheap material to start with, but it has been used to its full potential in Silverwood House by rotating it 45° to deliver both a minimalistic and homely appeal.
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