Casa Lela is a guest house in the countryside nearby Porto, designed by Oliveira de Azemeis based Portuguese architecture studio Oficina d’Arquitectura.
The client had a family vacation estate with a house that has been in his family for some generations. On the border of the property there were two abandoned houses, connected to each other, that were later acquired by the client with purpose of converting it into a guest house. Since we wanted to do a single object in communication with the main property, we did a single cut in the object create an opening. This cut was carefully chosen in order to achieve the best shape relation between the two old houses. In the end they become one single crystalized object, since we use the same material in the walls and roof. This shelter is completed by adding solid wood pieces that organize the space, while the floor material escalates from the ground to become furniture.
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