In Olhão, a charming Portuguese seaside town, we find a neighborhood featuring edifices influenced by a striking mix of Cubism and Islamic architecture laid out along an organic network of narrow, irregular roads. Contributing to Olhão’s urban fabric is House Two, located just a block away from the historic city center. Previously an old warehouse, the two-storey building was renovated by Atelier Rua to fit into the architectural vernacular while readapting its interiors to today’s lifestyle.
Following the typology of traditional Algarve houses, House Two’s most prominent features are its outdoor patios on both lower and upper levels. The ground floor patio, cozily furnished with beanbags, built-in banquettes and a plunge pool, becomes a central area for social and leisure interactions. Two pre-exisiting arches lead to the interiors, where an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area are laid out.
Joining together the two patios is a modern spiral staircase, which leads to the upper floor’s two-bedroom and bath floor plan. Another short flight of stairs leads to House Two’s pièce de resistance: a stunning rooftop terrace high enough for dwellers to contemplate Ria Formosa, a labyrinth of canals and natural inlets, from the comforts of their home. More from the studio on their website and Instagram.
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