Lisbon's Tree House by Rebelo de Andrade Architects
The concept underlying this creative project is simple: planting a tree suitable for people to live in. Like for any tree, daylight, water and the site are key.
The green façades are covered by autochthonous plants fed by a continuous water / nutrients connection, allowing their slow and healthy growth. Among the species, there are several types of aromatic plants adding fragrances to the indoor spaces: lavender (rooms), rosemary (living rooms), curry (swimming pool) and other.
Indoors, the spaces interconnect via a wooden staircase which extends from the entrance floor to the roof terrace. The daylight gets into the house through a skylight above the stairwell and large windows. Multiple reflections of light and space create a welcoming atmosphere, enhanced by the exterior green walls. The environmental comfort inside the house is excellent.
It is a three-storey house with open floor plans and a roof terrace with swimming pool. The ground floor is in wooden cladding - resembling a tree trunk. The garage, the technical area and an office room are directly accessible via the street. The private area, with two bedrooms, occupies the first floor while the social area - living and dining rooms - are on the third floor.
The house is nestled on a charming "largo" or corner, in a quiet residential neighbourhood. Although the project is original, it fits the traditional Lisbon lifestyle, with its intimate scale and by the relationships it establishes with the surrounding urban setting. The view from the terrace offers a typical Lisbon experience: from there you see the river, the bridge, the surrounding urban landscape with colourful buildings and courtyards, gardens and churches.
Lisbon Architecture Walks & Trips organized two visits to the house.
We were warmly welcomed by the architects Tiago and Luís Rebelo de Andrade. It was a great and unique experience!
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Architecture: Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Tiago Rebelo de Andrade, Carlos Ruas, Madalena Rebelo de Andrade, Raquel Jorge
Vertical gardens / Landscape project: ADN Gardens
Awards: Architizer A+ Awards 2014; Single Family Home; Prémio Valmor 2014 - Honorable Mention
Post and photo credits: Lisboa Architecture Walks & Trips