The piece of land is only accessed by a pedestrian walkway and the surroundings are typical of the rural landscape of Madeira Island. In a first phase the existing stone house was renovated, maintaining the outside the same but transforming the inside, into one open space for living and cooking, with a small home office space, a bathroom and a bedroom on the top floor.
An exterior bathroom and storage space form the transition to the new part, which was build almost 2 years later.
This second phase serves as a separate unit for other family members and is mainly designed around a custom made IT-working table. The lounge with it’s U-shaped seating area is two steps lower and higher at the same time and also equipped with all hidden connections to the middle table for home cinema, sound and data connection.
The corner window opens to the garden and gives a beautiful view through the valley onto the Atlantic Ocean and the Desertas islands.
The bedroom of this unit has a private bathroom and access to a small patio in the back.
In the front, the two buildings are connected by a long covered outside seating area with a small external
kitchen and stone benches on the side.
The large but shallow water tank in the north will be maintained and transformed into a chemical-free “swimming-pond”.
To contrast the existing traditional house, the extension is built in a steel structure with light steel framing and is covered in thermowood pine profiles.