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A farm transformed into a modern family house

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A farm transformed into a modern family house

Bernard Touillon

Inspired by its natural environment, this old Portuguese farm has turned into a dream house. Clean decoration, local materials and trendy design, everything is good to transform this family home. Guided tour.

In the vast expanses of Montemor-o-Novo, in the beginning, it was a farm. One hour from Lisbon, a field of pastures, cork oaks, horses in freedom under an intense sun. In the heart of the plains of the Alentejo, the family home is only a small white point suspended on the hill, in 380 hectares of a generous nature. When they decide to renovate it, Andreia and João study, with the help of architect Manuel Aires Mateus, the possibility of simplifying its lines, purifying its vanishing points, making it as comfortable, useful and ... as abstract as possible .

On holiday air, it will be the point of departure "out of the world" of tribes eager for wide open spaces. The consultation around the project is based on a notion of duration. "This house will have to be eternal, timeless, a Casa No Tempo," says João. It must carry within it its deep, rural nature, inscribed in a past, present and future recount. "It will be a question of transmitting this house to the children, then to the future generations, without any of the clutter of style which captures and imprison time , retaining for all sophistication local materials and a simplified plan to the extreme.

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In the central axis of a corridor to live, round cork lamps, Simple Forms Design.

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Force lines of a raw wood table and a marble island with built-in Foster cooking. Vases Cantine There is no fire at the lake, Ovo and Ovonelpiatto suspensions Davide Groppi, egg cups and Bowl fruit cups in cork, Nendo design for Materia Amorim, Thonet chairs N ° 14.

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In deliberately stripped rooms, interior shutters like screens just laundered. Lamps Edi Son, Davide Groppi. Sheets Thank you.

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The dried and uncooked clay that covers the paved floor to give an impression of mass, light or dark cork to conceal in the insulation or expose to the look through some selected objects of young designers, solid oak to draw panels, cabinets and doors, white marble to emphasize the passages and sign the limpid space of the kitchen ... "We wanted to work with local artisans so that the hand-made takes back its rights on an ancestral land dedicated to the simple gestures and to the We especially wished that when arriving at Casa No Tempo, everyone would immediately feel challenged by the pastoral reality of the Alentejo, a region so beautiful where natural spaces are infinite and whose name literally means ... "Beyond of the Tagus "."

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The strong signs of this mixture between archaism and modernity punctuate the life shared between great air and intimacy preserved. The long, white-tiled bathrooms, positioned between the bedrooms and the outer walls, form a volume, a thickness that accentuates the feeling of protection. The rooms together in the heart of the house enjoy a pleasant temperature throughout the summer. Around, lakes, streams, water points for horses, and a pool with landscape provide a refreshing freshness. With a rigor and incredible architectural audacity, the pool designed by Manuel Aires Mateus takes the exact perimeter of the house, a perfect square of 20 meters by 20 meters.

The oak wardrobe and bedside tables were designed by the architect.

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Carafe Corky, Muuto.

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Gonçalo Campos coffee tables and Palpebra lamps, Davide Groppi. O Stool Stools, Toni Grillo recycled cork for BlackCork. Living Divani sofa and armchairs.

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On a gentle slope and immaculate whiteness, it is the epicenter of children's games every day. Not far away, echoing, the architect completed in the field of agriculture the project of a model farm, a cube of one hectare melted into the landscape, called Horta No Tempo. It will be full of natural products in an open-air volume cleverly designed to house a farmyard, a cheese factory, a cooking workshop and a bakery, an organic butcher, a reasoned kitchen garden ... At the key to the rebirth of the farm, the Transmission values ​​of virtuous producers are a treasure to cultivate Slow Food holidays. Twenty-five kilometers away, the city of Evora, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another rare pearl. Shared between an immense nature and the beauty of big urban dreams, life at Casa No Tempo tells an immutable Portugal.

Rental contact: www.casanotempo.com

In the open-air bathrooms, Canova Royal wash basin, Lefroy Brooks faucet.

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On the ground, the pavers made of dried clay are laid without joints. Stool, Simple Forms design.

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Casa No Tempo and its minimalist architecture.

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