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Ponte de Lima House by Eduardo Souto De Moura

Rests on the ridge of an old town in northern Portugal, the Ponte de Lima House is a poetic residence created by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the 2011 Pritzker Prize.

Architects: Eduardo Souto De Moura
Location: Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Photography: Luis Ferreira Alves

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© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

This white plastered concrete home stands out from its natural surroundings as a place affording shelter, the only door in the northern wall which may be reached from a sculptural outdoor staircase while a large pool in the basement overlooks the surrounding greenery with long floor to ceiling windows.

© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

There is a suspended fence on the eastern facade, it shelters but does not cover, letting the tree grow taller than the house.

© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

The green roof returns the space occupied by the building to the landscape.

© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves