Rebirth of the past: The Palheiro, typical fishermen's house of Esmoriz, revisited by Pedro Henrique Arquiteto

The Palheiro of the fishermen of Esmoriz revisited by Pedro Henrique Arquiteto
Rebirth of the past: The Palheiro, typical fishermen's house of Esmoriz, revisited by Pedro Henrique Arquiteto it has been modified: 2023-09-08 di Benedetto Fiori

Architect Pedro Henrique created a contemporary renovation project for the historic fishermen's house called 'Palheiro' in Esmoriz, Portugal. This reinterpretation unites the past and present, using concrete and wood to create a fascinating aesthetic.

In the heart of Esmoriz, a small architectural jewel emerges as a tangible sign of renewal and tradition. This is the project conceived by Pedro Henrique Arquiteto, a work that represents a contemporary reinterpretation of the fishermen's house known as "Palheiro", which saw the light in the early XNUMXth century as a response to the housing needs of the Portuguese coastal communities. These fascinating vernacular architectures have left an indelible mark on the region's maritime landscape, testifying to the strength of human adaptation to the surrounding nature.

This project is not simply a design exercise, but rather a tribute to local history and culture, an ode to the community's collective memory. The main objective is to create a lively and direct dialogue between past, present and future, while promoting the conservation of a precious regional heritage.

The external appearance of this architectural structure stands out for its archetypal shape, made entirely of concrete, but enriched by the presence of wood which marks the stereotomy of the facades. This material also stands out in the roofing, creating a visual rhythm and reinforcing the overall aesthetic of the contemporary “Palheiro”.

Access to the structure is made possible by a ramp that rises elegantly from the ground, supported by pillars that recall coastal walkways. What makes this project unique is the creative use of the platforms projected from the structure, which transform into large terraces, seeming like a natural extension of the internal space. This is made possible thanks to the large sliding windows and external shutters, which open towards the terraces, while ensuring protection from the sun's rays.

Inside the building, the staircase plays a central role, not only as an architectural element, but also as an organizer of spaces. It gives a sense of spaciousness and connection between the different levels of the house, perfectly integrating the spaces and creating a harmonious environment.

From the point of view of the layout of the rooms, the house is organized on two floors. The ground floor houses the entire social area, a double bedroom and a bathroom. The first floor offers a large and comfortable relaxation space, a second bedroom, an additional bathroom and a dedicated storage area, thus ensuring a comfortable and well-organized life.

This project is not only an example of architectural renewal, but also a testimony to the importance of preserving the cultural and architectural heritage of our lands. The contemporary rereading of “Palheiro” reminds us that the past is an essential point of reference as we project ourselves towards the future. This reinterpretation not only celebrates local history, but also helps strengthen the bond between the community and its identity, uniting past, present and future generations in the wonder of architecture and shared memory.

project info

Project name: Haystack
Architecture Office: Pedro Henrique Arquiteto
Main Architect: Pedro Henrique
Collaborations: João Silva, Filipe Almeida
Location: Esmoriz, Portugal
Year of conclusion: 2022
total area: 160 m2
Interior Design: Ana Guedes
Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio

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